Continuing cold weather puts damper on planting

Spring may be here, but winter is still lingering -- leaving farmers idle but anxious to get in the fields. The recent forecast for another April snowstorm and the varying soil temperatures has put a hold on the usually spring bustle.
UNL Extension Educator Jenny Rees talks about the importance of waiting for the correct conditions before planting.
“When seeds -- whether it’s corn or soybeans -- are placed in the ground and we end up with soil temperatures in the low 40s, and cold, wet conditions afterwards, it can kill the embryo or affect germination making for a weakened and sometimes malformed seedling,” Rees said.

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