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Farmers gearing up to getting muddy in the fields

Kevin Pope couldn't be happier that the warmer weather is here.

Posted: Apr. 24, 2018 7:04 AM
Updated: Apr. 24, 2018 1:45 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - Kevin Pope couldn't be happier that the warmer weather is here.
“The sooner we plant the better off we are at this time we're in the optimal planting time that April 20th to May 10th,” Pope said.
Just like the rest of us, he's grateful to not be plowing or shoveling snow anymore. Instead, he's thinking about getting his feet muddy in the fields.
“It would have been nice to get going and get a jump start on the year,” Pope said.
According to Iowa State University, farmers need the soil temperature to reach about 50 degrees before planting. Pope would tell you he wants highs in the 70's and lows in the 40's. He plans to start with corn and plant soybeans right after.
“As a farmer you deal with weather every day so you just roll with the punches and when you have to you make adjustments,” Pope said.

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