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Heavy rains and flooded fields caused delays in planting this spring in Saline County.

Excessive rain has added frustrations to the planting season for farmers in the Midwest this year.

According to Extension educator Randy Pryor, about 50% of planting in the area has been completed.

“It’s been a challenging year,” Pryor said. “But we’re in better shape than some areas in Nebraska and the Midwest.” 

There has been an increase in price over the past two weeks, with soybeans coming in at an estimated $8.11 a bushel and corn at $4.04. 

To have crops covered by insurance, farmers need to have them planted by June 14. According to Pryor, a 1% penalty is taken with each day that passes after the deadline. 

This time last year, around 84% of soybeans crops were planted and 95% of corn was finished, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Cropwatch website. The current standings for this year in at 56% for soybeans and 81% for corn.

This year, however, soybeans especially have been delayed because of the wet weather. 

“A good rule of thumb is to have green to the eye by the Fourth of July and there’s concern on how to get soybeans planted in time,” Pryor said.

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