Farming Season Is Getting Ready To Warm Up

By Madeline Shine - 21Alive

March 6, 2014 Updated Mar 6, 2014 at 6:39 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- With such a harsh winter weather record for our viewing area, we are expecting to thaw out.

A lot can happen in six weeks which is when farmers will begin the planting process to get ready for another year of growing and harvesting.

Typically, farmers do not begin to plant soy and corn crops until mid-April through the beginning of May, and with such cold temperatures this winter season the soil has been frozen and that is the key to growing a good crop.

While we do have a warm up heading our way, farmers should expect the ground to warm up and thaw out which will help with the planting process.

Some flooding may be expected as the snow begins to melt, but there are still a few weeks to rid of the flooding before the planting begins.

Weather plays a major role for farmers, and as of now they have nothing to be nervous about unless another major storm hits in the next 2-3 weeks.

"In a six week period of time we can see a lot of difference in terms of how the soil temperature warms up. If we get the temperatures that we normally get by the last of March, into the first of April and the soil temperature warms up the snow melt is gone, then we'll probably be ok," agriculture educator Gonzalee Martin said.

Farmers say they haven’t seen this harsh of a winter on their fields since 1988, more than 25 years ago.




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