Farmers across much of the nation are still struggling with soggy fields and flooding and it may get worst before it gets better.
"By April 3 and 4 we are looking at the possibility of another four to six inches of rain across the mid-South and lower
That additional rain is sure to cause even more significant delays for planting.
"In the Missouri Bootheel this time last year we were looking at 45% of corn acreage being planted," Rippey says. "This year only 1%, so we are looking at major fieldwork delays throughout the mid-South and lower Midwest, with another big storm lined up for later this week.
Even beyond this week, Rippey forecasts more wet weather in April making for a very slow start to planting this year.