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Weather Whiplash hits the Four States

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Weather whiplash—it's a new term coined by a Midwest meteorologist to describe when one extreme weather replaces another. Farmers are dealing with these weather conditions from droughts to flooding and its is making corn planting difficult.

Though wet weather sounds like a good thing when it comes to farming, area experts say it all comes down to its timing, and they say a wet spring made it difficult for farmers this season to get their seeds in the ground on time.

"The weather changes daily, just plan on it being different tomorrow," said area farmer Rick Schultz.

Schultz says he's never heard of the term "weather whiplash," but dealing with drought the last few years, and then dealing with rapid rain is all part of his job. This year he feels lucky enough to just get his corn seeds in ground, but the verdict's still out on whether it will pay off.

"Fighting the mud is not a good thing on the ground either, it kind of limits what it can take for moister later, but take that gamble that we're going to get that rain later and raise a good crop."

He says other area farmers did not plant by mid May and had to return a significant amount of corn seed as a result.

"My brother's a seed salesman and he's had to return seed, and change seed," Schultz said. 

The local farmer's cooperative says that's because there was really only one to two optimal corn planting days this spring due to weather.

"Most of the corn when it was planted had too much rain on it, following that, and that's taken its toll on the stands, which will ultimately affect the corn yield," said Chad Mustain, a crop production manager for the Columbus, Kansas Farmer's Co-Op.

Mustain says it resulted in about a thirty percent decrease in corn acreage this season. Schultz says he got his in the ground about a month later than normal and even though it is now playing catch up he will hope for the best.

"This is just Kansas, we've had it like this before, we just learn to deal with it," Schultz said. 

And though corn crops may be affected both Schultz and the Co-Op agree that many farmers may choose to swap their corn fields for bean crops.  Which are being planted around this time.

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