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Rains delay planting, cause other problems for Perry County's farmers

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By Janet Robb

PERRY COUNTY - Farmers might want to start singing "Rain rain go away, come again some other day" to help ensure a good planting season.

Rhonda Eaton, county executive director for the U.S. Farm Service Agency, said the rains have delayed farmers from planting and in some areas have prevented planting by almost two weeks.

According to an observed-precipitation map at www.water.weather.gov, Perry and Spencer counties have received between 20 and 30 inches of precipitation from January to June 18, the latest date for which data was available Friday morning.

Perry County has received more rain than Spencer, Eaton said.

The deadline for planting corn was June 5 and June 20 is the latest soybeans should be put in the ground, she added.

"If farmers plant corn and soybeans after those dates, they run the risk of a fall frost," Eaton said.

The rains have also caused problems with putting hay up. Eaton said after cutting and baling, the rains have made hay bales too wet to store.

The only thing farmers can do right now, she said, is wait until fields start drying, then try to get their crops planted.