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Slow Seeding

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Lance Renner knows his way around a sunflower field, but this year he got stuck seeding corn.

"I saw it was soft, and I got through it all right and I came around on the other side and  lifted the planter up. My tractor got stuck and it buried me in the ground."

Renner isn't the only farmer to get hung up seeding crops this spring. Spence Koenig got stuck 15 times while planting 2000 acres of corn. 

"We had wet conditions last fall, and the frost was so deep this year it took so long to come out of the ground. Where the frost was there are soft spots in the fields, and your going along and all of a sudden you're stuck."

The Renners are still a little behind seeding soybeans and sunflowers, but ahead of schedule with other crops. They began putting barley in around Mother's Day, and it's already up.

"You get a shower or rain in that barley, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it heading out by the end of June."

Dennis Renner says his canola has also emerged, all the wheat and corn is planted, soybeans are next. He isn't worried about the delays in planting, but selling the 2014 crop at a profitable price is a concern.

"I think production wise it's going to be a pretty good year, I don't know about marking. They sure hammered our markets lately. In the last three weeks they've taken quite a hit on moving off the wheat and corn prices. The jury's still out on how that's going to shake out."

Renner hopes markets rebound before harvest, but he doesn't have time to worry about that now, he still has lots of soybean seed he needs to get in the ground.
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