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Farmers prep for spring planting season

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FRANKLIN CO. (WSIL) -- Local farmers are preparing for spring planting.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the economy, including agriculture, Franklin County farmer Chris Menckowski is more concerned about the weather.

"If I could get Nick or Jim Rasor to cooperate with me on the weather, it would be a lot better," said Menckowski of the Storm Track 3 weather team.

Currently, Menckowski's putting anhydrous ammonia on his fields.

"You put some still in the anhydrous to keep it from vaporizing, but at the same time it will just delay things, because now you have a rut in the ground, and then it'll hold water, and the water will go down, but at the same time you can't sit still forever.

A USDA report says farmers across the country are expected to plant more corn and soybeans this year than in 2019.

Meckowski hopes that's true, since last year's flooding hurt him and most of the other farmers around him.

"It's hard to say. Everybody would like to get their corn planted early because they do a lot better when they are planted early."

Fahima Paghmani

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