Farmers are behind their usual progress in planting and high-moisture fields are the main reason, according to a local farming expert.
John Cairns, an agronomist in the Davison County office of the South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service, said rains made for unusually difficult planting conditions in the spring of 2009, and field conditions were even tougher this year.
A survey shows that many Midwestern farmers expect the agricultural economy to worsen in the coming year, but most of those who took part in a Dairyland Seed Company poll say they aren’t going to change much in terms of operation.
The company’s survey results show that more than two-thirds of 300 corn, soybean and alfalfa producers in the Midwest expect the agricultural economy to worsen, but 87 percent intend to keep their operations “about the same.”
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