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Farmers get early start on planning

Rio Creek Feed Mill agronomist Adam Barta does not blame the customers he sees for wanting 2019 to come to end quickly. Thanks to the wettest year on record, farmers were slow to plant in the spring and the United States Department of Agriculture shows crops are coming off the field at its second slowest rate in 40 years. As a result, Barta says some farmers are locking in prices and placing orders for 2020 at a quicker pace than usual especially with oats, which is triple what it was last year at this time.

He adds this is also the time many farmers start creating their nutrient management plans for next year, which may need to be adjusted later with another wet spring likely on the way.

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