ISU Extension and Outreach helps farmers with spring planting struggles

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ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa (KTIV) – Field agronomists say it isn’t the amount of rain, but the frequency that’s been affecting farmers and their ability to plant crops.

A meeting, in Rock Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday addressed their spring planting struggles.

“I came to learn. I still have corn acres that have not been planted yet. And I needed to see what my options were, between crop insurance or planting later. And what my expectations and yields would be,” said farmer Lowell Appleton.

And that was the case with many in the audience.

The meeting through Iowa State University Extention and Outreach was held for farmers whose fields are too wet to plant.

Presenters hoped to give options and also help those who are wondering how crop insurance will work if it’s not possible to plant this season.

“What faces everybody, is just the misinformation that gets out there. When I interpret something that somebody tells me, and I tell somebody else, it gets changed in the process. You need to make sure what affects you, and get the hundred percent correct answer for your operation,” said Tom Block, a crop insurance agent at HP Insurance.

Speakers included a field agronomist and farm business management specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, insurance agents, and a representative from the Farm Service Agency.

Many farmers said the meeting was helpful, and now they have a better grasp on their options.

But many of the speakers on Tuesday say this situation doesn’t just affect farmers, it affects everyone.

“It was said earlier today that Iowa farmers feed the world and that’s true,” said Appleton.

Block says the best advice he can give for any farmers struggling with this issue right now, is contact your insurance agent so you know all of your options.

The speakers at the meeting say it’s been years since we’ve had to deal with such difficult planting conditions.

Leslie London

Leslie London

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