Recent rain causes problems for corn, soybean farmers

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HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) – The wet spring season is causing problems for western Kentucky farmers trying to get corn and soybeans planted.
The Gleaner reports (http://bit.ly/1OvLgp3 ) the farmers say they’ve been hurt by the recent series of thunderstorms and torrential rain which have caused a lot of replanting and washouts.
Henderson County agricultural extension agent Camille Lambert says replanting may not be cost-effective for farmers because most of the time, the money lost by having to replant won’t be recovered.
Lambert says the best times for planting corn in western Kentucky range from April 1 to May 1. Historically, May to early June has been the recommended window for planting full-season soybeans in the state.
Farmer Ab Cates says it could take three or four days of sunshine before the fields will dry out.
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Information from: The Gleaner, http://www.thegleaner.com/