Farmers working against the clock to plant corn
Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:05:34 GMT —
Its that time of year, the time to plant corn and the seeds are in the ground at Dempsey Farm in Adams County.
Over the weekend, Dennis Dempsey got a jump start over the rest of Illinois on getting his crop in the ground.
The ideal time to start planting is the end of April to the beginning of May.
"We're a little farther ahead then the rest of the state in corn planting, central Illinois it seems like we got a better jump on it, southern Illinois seems kind of wet some other places have been cold longer so they haven't started so it seems we are a little bit ahead than the rest of the state," Dennis Dempsey, of Dempsey Farms, said.
For farmers who have not yet planted, time is running out.
If they don't plant by early May, they could lose out on valuable pollination time.
"Again, we would like to have corn pollinated prior to heat and dryness of the summer, so we try to get corn planted by the end of April, so it can be pollinating in the first part of July and avoiding the heat and dry weather," Mike Roegge, Extension Educator at the University of Illinois Extension of Adams County, said.
Corn needs warm and dry soil when first planted. Dempsey says the recent weather had been ideal - until recently.
"Its been pretty good soil conditions to plant corn right now the ground has been working really well, we were just needing a little bit of rain, it was getting dry, but we didn't need this much rain this quick, what we got last night," Dempsey explained.
It's a major concern for Dempsey right now with rain expected in the next couple of days, but he believes all will be well by fall.