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Dry Spring May Offer Farmers Time For Field Work

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 143

Monsanto Agronomist Lance Tarchione is expecting to soon see some field work in the area.

He says there has yet to be quality drying weather this spring, but the fields aren’t wet enough to prevent work stalled this fall such such as tillage or field applications.

Dry springs, according to Tarchione, tend to make area agriculture nervous because it makes the market fearful of a dry summer.

Tarchione tells the WGIL Midday that as long as there’s enough moisture to germinate the seed, there should not be many concerns.

“It takes exceptionally dry conditions in this part of the world for that to be a concern,” says Tarchione. “Given the choice between a dry spring and a wet spring, I’ll take a dry spring anyday, myself.

He went on to say that even with all of the models, weather patterns have been varied, historically.

Nonetheless, a new concern may be on the horizon with the spreading presence of the weed: Palmer Amaranth. Tarchione tells the WGIL Midday that once Palmer gets established, it’s the only pigweed you will find in an area.

“It’s not like a plague that descends across the land and you can’t produce crops anymore, but you do have to change the way you farm and there are things that we are used to doing because they’re easy and they’re effective and they’re affordable that aren’t necessarily as easy and as effective or as affordable once you’re dealing with Palmer Amaranth,” says Tarchione.

Palmer Amaranth has not been reported in Knox County, but has been cited in neighboring counties in Illinois.