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Soggy Fields Hinder Plantings

01 April 2010

US - Farmers in Delaware are having to delay planting decisions as fields are too soggy.

It is not possible to get a tractor into many of the fields, one expert told the News Journal.

"You probably can't walk through some of the fields today. It's just saturated," Cory Whaley, a University of Delaware agriculture extension agent in Sussex County, told the news provider.

Rain and melting snow have caused problems in the state since autumn, leaving deep harvest ruts and preventing farmers from planting wheat and barley.

This does mean more soybeans and corn should be sown as there is more land available for these crops.

However, threats to these plantings remain, as researchers have discovered a new soybean aphid biotype that can multiply on resistant species.

Scientists at the University of Illinois found the new type of pest in Indiana and say it cannot be told apart from other types by its appearance.

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