The recent warm spell of weather has area farmers optimistic that fields will be ready for planting in the next few weeks. Heavy snow in April last year delayed planting by two or three weeks, according to Rich Olson of Olson Family Farm in southern Door County. Olson gives the timeline that local farmers typically use in planting the corn and soybean crops every year.
Olson says the fields are still considerably wet from recent rains and snowfall two weeks ago. He adds that warm weather conditions along with westerly winds can help dry out the fields for planting. Parts of Door County have already received nearly three inches of rain in April which is the average amount for the entire month, according to National Weather Service.