Abnormal planting season

DOUGLAS COUNTY -- The combination of planting and high winds created a huge dust storm and farming experts say it was out of the control of farmers.

After the recent flooding, dry conditions helped get them back in the fields, but the top soil didn't have enough moisture to keep the wind from moving it. 

Experts say the area dusting is not a normal thing to see. 

There were a combination of things that led to these conditions, but there's still hope for this year's planting.

At this time of year farmers are trying to get crops in the ground so the seed has time to grow.

The larger the plants get -- the easier it is for them to keep soil in place.

This year's crops haven't had enough time get that big yet -- and recent rain kept farmers from meeting their normal deadlines to plant. 

"So once the conditions dried to where they could get out in the fields again, they have a tight window there they have to get out and put their seeds in the ground. Yes it still is early ,but at this time usually on normal years, planting could almost be done or be finishing up soy beans," says Douglas and Moultrie Counties Farm Bureau Manager, Tyler Harvey.

Harvey says some farmers had to replant because of the weather conditions.

He says it takes 500 years for one inch of top soil to be created.

Farmers usually start planting corn April 15 and they try to have it complete by May 1, but Harvey says they're staying optimistic by working hard to get their crops in the ground. 


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