A number of area farmers faced a tough call in the middle of June: Keep trying to plant soggy fields in hopes that the coming weeks would bring exceptionally good growing weather? Or quit planting and take prevented-planting insurance?
Many farmers did what, at the time, was the prudent thing. They took the insurance.
That decision does’t seem quite so good today. Warm weather has boosted crop growth, and some late-planted fields look a lot better than they did a week ago. That’s causing some farmers who went with prevented planting to second-guess themselves now. As one county extension agent I talked with put it, “Some guys are kicking themselves. They wonder if they should have kept going (with planting.)”
Then he added, “But at the time, based on the conditions then, they made the right decision.That’s what matters.”
The extension agent is right, of course. All any of us can do is make the best decision we can, based on what we know at the time.
Besides, as the agent points out, it’s still a long time until harvest. One short stretch of good growing weather doesn’t mean farmers were wrong to quit planting when they did.