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Freak weather & planting panic

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    The last week started out with weather that looked promising to allow some planting progress. And, some farmers were able to get some work done until a freak May snow system started moving through the nation. Now, the planting stall's got some farmers starting to enter panic mode for spring planting.

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    "I'm officially in panic mode," one farmer said in Agriculture.com Marketing Talk Thursday, adding the earliest he'll likely be able to start planting -- assuming the weather's perfect between now and then -- will be May 10.

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    The reason for his panic? A storm system moving through the nation's middle late this week dropped as much as 1 1/2 feet of snow on northern parts of the Corn Belt. The storm also took temperatures down by as much as 60 degrees in a matter of hours, setting records for temperature differential throughout the region.

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    There is a silver lining to the cloud of the snowstorm, though, in the additional steps away from drought the storm represents. Thursday saw the release of a new Drought Monitor map that again shows an erosion in the amount of the nation in the grip of drought or some level of general dryness.

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    The central Plains winter wheat crop has suffered from a one-two punch of drought and late-season freezing temperatures this year. The Kansas Winter Wheat Tour this week has shown while there remain bright spots, that state's crop is going to fall well short of normal yield potential.

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    If you already have corn in the ground, it's likely having a tough time getting established, especially with increasing potential for disease infection. Find out how susceptible to some diseases your seed might be best by keeping a close eye on soil temperature.

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    The meager planting progress is starting to create anxiety on the trading floor in Chicago, and the prospects for growing crop tightness are taking center stage for traders watching Mother Nature.

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    That planting window will, though, eventually open back up and you will be putting some kind of seed in the planter at some point. Just be sure when you do, you're taking proper safety precautions to avoid potential harm from the chemicals used to treat corn and soybean seed before it's placed in the ground. Here are a few tips.

An unccoperative Mother Nature and major planting delays continue to dominate what's big in ag.

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