Wet Spring Delays Planting | Big Horn Basin Media

Wet Spring Delays Planting

Written by on May 7, 2018

The cold, wet start to 2018 has forced some local farmers to delay planting their crops.
Ric Rodriguez farms near Heart Mountain and says the weather has led to delays with planting sugar beets. But he told the Powell Tribune that if the soil dries out and the weather cooperates, the beet crop could be decent this year.
Mike Moore, of the Wyoming Seed Certification Service, says the cool, wet weather slows seed germination and encourages plant pathogens. However, Moore said the weather has not been all bad for some crops – he says spring grains do fairly well with cool, wet planting conditions as long as farmers can get them in the ground.
Rodriguez told the Tribune that as of last Monday, they were about 55 percent planted.

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