Rains have interrupted field work.
“It’s been a very eventful spring,” said Josh Salentine, owner of Salentine Homestead Dairy in Luxembourg. “Or uneventful for some people.”
And farms in Wisconsin are generally about three weeks behind schedule right now.
The US Department of Agriculture says crops such as corn and soybeans are 13 days behind last year.
“We need to get the corn seed in the ground, but then we also need some nice 80, 85-degree weather to get it really going,” he said.
But soggy soil and rollercoaster temperatures are delaying the growth.
And if you do try growing, compaction is preventing farmers from getting the most out of their land.
“If you’re out there with your heavy equipment when the ground isn’t fit–you know, when it’s not dry enough–then you’re basically hurting yourself,” said Salentine.
Prevented Plant Insurance can help, but some farmers cannot file because they have livestock to feed.
Filing would mean he cannot grow that particular crop in order to prevent any double-dipping.
“Prevented planting works great for cash croppers, but us in the livestock industry need the feed to feed the cattle,” he said.
So, right now, it is up to Mother Nature.
“Just the waiting part is the frustrating part,” said Salentine.
While the delayed planting is affecting farmers, it is important to note that there is no anticipated impact on consumers just yet.