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Stop & go spring planting

Farmers in parts of the Corn Belt took advantage of mostly dry weather to get a few acres of corn planted this past week.

"I have farmer-customers that will be 50% planted this week, and some guys haven't even started. In general, we're planting this corn crop in pretty timely fashion," Doug Hobrock, a Beardstown, Illinois, farmer and crop specialist said this week.

That's about to change in the next few days, though, if it hasn't already. "This still looks to be incredibly active/stormy weather pattern coming up for the next two weeks (at least) for much of the Nation's midsection, and when you combine that with temperatures that are going to average below normal in most areas," says Freese-Notis Weather, Inc., meteorologist Craig Solberg. "This is an ugly weather pattern for the second half of April with regards to getting any fieldwork done."

So, if you're spending your time in the house or shop waiting on Mother Nature to get a little more cooperative before you get into the field to do much planting, here are a few tips and resources to help you brush up on your machinery maintenance and crop planning and maybe give you a little something to help pass the time before you can get back into the field!

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