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Farmers Rushing to Apply Ammonia Between Rains
More rain is on the way, and that's bad news for farmers who are trying to get their crops in the ground right now.
Technically, central Illinois is still in a moderate drought, but there's a small time frame for farmers to plant in order to produce the maximum yields possible.
Right now, farmers are rushing to get spring ammonia on their fields because it has to sit for two weeks before corn is planted.
"Last Tuesday, soil conditions weren't perfect," Tyler Sloan of Sloan Farms said. "But it was dry enough that we saw a lot of guys in the neighborhood jump out there, try to finish some spring ammonia. Here on our farm, we worked until one in the morning until the rain set in to try and get as much done as we could. And thank goodness we did, because we really got a lot of rain the past couple of days, and who knows when the next opportunity is going to be to get out there and finish up."
This winter, many farmers were planning to plant more soybeans than usual this year. But because of late planting approaching, the trouble in Ukraine, and worries in the market, farmers tell us they may change those plans.