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Farmers had to replant corn after cold snap in May

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MARION COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) -- The chickens have come home to roost for some farmers here in the Tri-States who said they're now seeing the effects of the cold snaps in May.

Some said they ended up having to replant up to 80 percent of their corn in Northeast Missouri.

In some fields, on one side the corn was planted after the cold snaps, on the other side, the corn had to be replanted.

The difference is very apparant.

Farmers like Mark Goldinger said it could end up hurting their bottom line when it comes to harvest.

"Due to the large amount of rain and the cool, prolonged period we went through, a lot of the corn rotted in the ground. The seed did. so we had to replant a rather large percentage of our corn acreage this year," Goldinger said.

He said now he's glad to be done replanting around a third of his corn, and on to planting beans.

Goldinger said the ground reached temperatures as low as 40 degrees from May 4 to May 8, and then again from the May 12 to the May 14 killing what he had planted.

"Crop insurance takes care of a lot of the financial problems that it causes as far as the replant. The expense by the time your seed is free but you can't replace the time that it takes to go back out and do that replant, and you also can't replace any loss of yield you potentially you might have had," Goldinger said.

So now, his replanted corn, next to the corn that was planted after the cold snap, is just now starting to sprout up.

Goldinger said he's just glad when the rain started last month, he put a pause on planting.

"We were only about two days away from finishing our corn planting so if we had gotten that done, we would have to replant all that as well," Goldinger said.

Now, he said time, and weather, will tell how the replanted corn fares.

"It will go ahead and mature just fine. It wasn't, it's not being planted that late but most years your better yields tend to come with your earlier planted corn, not your late-May planted corn," Goldinger said.

Farmers said for the most part, they've wrapped on replanting, and have high hopes for the rest of the season.

Goldinger said they're hoping for a nice hot summer, with rains at the right times to maximize their yield.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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