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Farmers React to Recent Heavy Rains
Updated: Tuesday, May 28 2013, 05:06 PM CDT
PRAIRIEBURG, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Several weeks of rain are slowing down planting progress for eastern Iowa farmers and more showers expected this week will keep them out of the fields even longer.
Jim Greif says when he heard the forecast for rain over the weekend, he was happy that his newly planted corn and soybean would enjoy some moisture...but the news of more rain is bound to slow things down.
"We weren't dry by any means. We'd had some rain earlier to kind of soak things up and kind of get the crops started, but now we're at a point where we could do without any more for a few days again,” he said.
So far, the biggest downside of the rain is not what it does to the crops; instead Greif says it's causing him to fall behind on herbicide spraying."
"The weed spray, the round up, the harness, the guardsman, and the chemicals that we use to control weeds have not been put on yet,” he said.
Grief says if the rain continues and the fields are not sprayed, the weeds will get ahead of the crop, which will hurt the yield.
In the end though, he says he has hope for the days ahead.
"All farmers are eternal optimists so I'd say we're hoping for a bumper crop and at this point it would happen yet.
After this wet week, the one thing Greif says farmers all want is ten days of sunshine.