Wet Fields Less of a Problem than Cooler Temperatures

Cold weather will delay corn planting more than wet fields.

USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says we have a temperature problem that is going to be a bigger problem than the rain over the next two weeks.

Over half the corn crop has been planted but the delays from wet weather has pushed progress far behind normal. Rippey says dryer weather is coming but low temperatures will present problems.

"A very chilly weather pattern is already in place and except for just a day or two ahead of this cold front coming through this week it looks like we're set in for the long haul of below normal temperatures," Rippey says. "Fields that are extremely wet are going to be very slow to dry with occasional rain and low temperatures, and the problem is that fields that are now planted are going to be very slow to emerge and develop."

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