Spring Outlook for Farmers

February 25, 2019

By Robin Gregg

Most of us are suffering from the Winter blues, however, those that are Farmers in Monroe County, aren't exactly looking forward to Spring either.

According to Tony Francis from the USDA office in Paris, "With the wet fall conditions and delayed harvest situation, area producers are faced with a considerable amount of anhydrous and fertilizer application that would typically already be completed at the conclusion of harvest under normal conditions. In addition, wet harvest conditions caused field ruts which will necessitate some tillage work for repair prior to other spring work taking place."

Producers need to visit with the Natural Resources Conservation Service if tillage is necessary in order to make adjustments to their conservation plan to avoid any Highly Erodible Compliance issues during NRCS field reviews during the summer of 2019.

Greg Maubach, Monroe County Farmer, said, "Due to the lack of fall tillage, fertilizer and chemical applications and the heavily saturated spring soils will make for a challenging spring planting season."

I reached out to Ryan James, owner of James Insurance Group to see if the farmers needed to contact him before Spring planting. Ryan said, "I can help farmers to minimize their risk by buying crop insurance."

Winter has been a very long season and not quite over yet, however, we all need to pray for those long, frustrating days for farmers. They will have a long Spring trying to get everything worked and planted on time!