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Climate Change Makes Farmers Chase New Planting Windows

Most people think of frost as a farmer’s worst nightmare. But for corn growers in Illinois, there’s little worse than a warm, soggy spring. Rainfall can soak soft prairie soils and rot the kernels before they can grow. If the rains keep farmers from their fields long enough, crop yields start to plummet. Rain can also wash away herbicides, pushing growers to apply more.

For years, this fear has driven farmers to plant earlier and earlier. Late April used to be the prime planting window. T

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