Wet spring delays Wyoming crop planting

By: AP
By: AP

Powell, WY (AP) - A long winter and a wet spring have left farmers in northern Wyoming well behind in their planting schedule.

University of Wyoming Extension crops educator Sandra Frost says the wet conditions have set farmers back by weeks and harvest levels may be reduced.

Frost tells the Powell Tribune that sugar beets will be the most-impacted crop.

Frost says sugar beet producers cannot decide to switch to another crop because it is a contract crop.

In addition, it's too late for farmers to switch seed to a shorter-season crop. Seeds are ordered in December and have been produced and delivered.

But Frost says a long, dry, warm fall could give beets enough time to reach a good weight and sugar content.

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