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UNLIKE LAST YEAR: Farmers face flooding, wicked weather

April 26, 2013

Many area farms, such as this one on Ind. 205 northeast of Columbia City, are waiting for fields to dry in order to put animals out to pasture and get crops planted. With dry, warm weather in the forecast for the next week, field preparation is anticipated to begin. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

COLUMBIA CITY — “The weather needs to change.”

Kent Hoffman expressed a mutual feeling of most of his fellow crop growers after a week of flooding and cool temperatures.

Hoffman, a Whitley County farmer of 2,800 acres, is suffering the effects of the area’s wicked weather conditions.

“The large amount of water has caused erosion, which means extra field work is going to have to be done to get them ready to plant,” Hoffman said.

This is a totally different story than last planting season, when temperatures began to warm up in February.

“I made hay in the first week of April and had corn planted in April last year,” farmer Brad Ferrell said. “If we receive much more rain, it could push us back one more week.”

While the window of opportunity for planting corn and soybeans is still open, the gap is closing quickly for prime seed-sowing conditions.

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