Wet weather means late planting, hurting farmers

Crops need moisture in order to grow but Cache County Extension Agricultural Agent Clark Israelson says local farmers are faced with so much water on their land this year they are at least a month late in planting their crops. Israelson says the late planting hurts the farmers.”The input costs are still there,” he says. “It still costs just as much to prepare the field, to plant the crop, to put on the fertilizer, to spend for diesel fuel, etc. but there’s a reduced yield at the end of the season.”Israelson says farmers know things can change from mud to dust in a hurry. However, he also says this is one of the wettest years he can remember and that does not bode well for farmers.

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