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Staff Photo by Fritz Busch Floodwaters wash away a segment of County Road 10 just east of State Road 4 and part of an adjacent fully plowed crop field Wednesday about 10 miles north of Sleepy Eye.

NEW ULM – Spring planting challenges continue to plague planters with rising rivers and cooler forecasts in the coming days.

“We had good rains, but it will slow us down for planting,” said Wayne Schoper, an agriculture instructor at South Central College.

“There is a lot of corn, 40-60% in the ground, but we need consistent warm weather,” Schoper added. “We don’t need 5 inches of rain anymore. We are in a waiting game to see where we will go.

After a warm Thursday forecast with highs in the 80s, forecast highs dip into the 60s and 50s for the next few days. The National Weather Service is predicting possible frost in the area Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

Schoper said corn and bean prices are near highs for this time of year.

“We haven’t seen prices like this since the drought conditions of 2012 and 2013,” Schoper said.

There are other issues at play.

“There are planting problems in Eastern Europe and South America, but we are getting the harvest here,” Schoper added.

Corn, soybean and wheat prices are expected to remain high this year, due to good demand, moderate supply and weather-related production fears.

According to agricultural analyst Todd Hultman, despite rising input costs, good commodity profit potential remains for this marketing year and into 2023.

He added that farmers should pay close attention to drought issues in parts of the United States, Argentina and Brazil.

Corn, soybean and wheat prices have surged recently due to lower soybean yields and concerns over corn development in South America.

The seasonal average farm price for corn in 2022-23 is projected at $6.75 per bushel. Other feed grain prices are expected to be higher during the year, due to strong demand for grains and high world commodity prices, according to the United States Department of Agriculture Market Outlook .

While lower projected corn production and strong domestic demand limit the supply of exportable corn in the United States, a virtual absence of competition from Ukraine should benefit American exports, according to the report.

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