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BrownfieldAgNews reports:

The long winter has farmers anxious to get started in the field.

Mike Toohill, Illinois-based staff agronomist for Diversified Services says over the next couple of days - that is a definite possibility in parts of his state.

"You can plant corn into slightly cooler than optimal temperature for germination, especially when forecast looks like this," he says.

"As long as soil conditions are good you could stick some corn in the ground over the next couple of days. The soils will gradually warm - and that's generally a pretty good scenario for corn."

Toohill tells Brownfield farmers that are able to plant corn this week, at this point, could benefit later in the year.

"Right now, it looks like Iowa and Illinois, looking at the forecast maps, there will be an opportunity to get some earlier planted corn in," he says.

"As it stands today, especially with some of the delays we're seeing in the mid-south some of the earlier premium opportunities are going to come out of Iowa and Illinois."

He says he's not generally this optimistic going into the start of planting season - but he says this winter was very beneficial to soil conditions.

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