AccuWeather.com reports the corn crop planting in the Ohio Valley and Midwest will occur later than usual this year because of the current weather trend in the region.
Corn planting usually starts in early April in southern Missouri and southern Illinois and movies northward into early May.
However, the wet conditions and soil temperatures in the mid to upper 40s in the area have delayed the start of planting. Conditions in the region will stay cool and wet most of April and then warm up in May. This will push back the start of planting by at least a week.
The ideal soil temperature for planting is 50 degrees, and three or four days of dry weather are needed before planting can begin.
The weather needs to be ideal this summer for the crop to recover from the delay. Otherwise, the crop may not be mature in time for harvest before the first frost. However, AccuWeather.com meteorologists anticipate favorable summer growing conditions.