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Emotional Roller Coaster: Floyd County Farmer calls 2019 spring toughest one yet

Charles City, Iowa – There’s no question this spring has hit agriculture producers hard from flooding, to fluctuating temperatures and constant rain.

Unflattering conditions have plagued Midwest producers across the United States, especially in Northeast Iowa.

Floyd County farmer Chuck Staudt calls this spring the toughest he can remember in 18 years.

 

At the end of last week, Staudt told North Iowa News he had 230 acres not planted which is 15 percent of his operation.

He added it would take almost a day to finish planting, Mother Nature has had a different idea.  The panic button, to get crops in according to Staudt, was two weeks ago.

 

Preventive planning insurance is a policy protecting producers who fail to plant an insured crop by June 15, this Friday.  Producers only get reimbursed on a percentage of yield depending on their policy.

Staudt said he may have to leave some field unplanted because the soil is too soggy.

 

The USDA’s crop progress report is released today and will update how much corn and soybeans haven’t been planted.

Prevent planting insurance only covers up to a percentage of total expenses; Staudt says producers are lucky to break even.

 

Staudt added sometimes all you can do is roll the dice because there’s no perfect solution.

 

Concerns now move toward what’s been planted. Some corn that’s sprouted doesn’t have great color meaning there’s too much moister or its stand is suffering.

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Kellan Heavican

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