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Farmers not concerned about cold spring yet


A farmer tills a field south of Clay Center Monday afternoon.

A cold and wet spring may have prevented farmers from getting out and planting as quickly as they would have liked, but — for the most part — they are not fretting.

"I've been talking to a lot of producers, and most of them aren't worried about it," said Jenny Rees, University of Nebraska-Lincoln extension educator in Clay County. "With the size of today's equipment, it goes pretty fast getting over the fields. I think they've proven that to themselves time and again."

Dan Shaw, who farms near Edgar, got a third of his corn planted during a window of warmth that stretched from the afternoon of April 27 through late Tuesday.

"We're way behind from last year, and we're behind from normal," he said. "Normally we'd be finishing up on corn within the next week and be well into the soybean planting by another week."

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