Why local farmers are predicting a late spring planting season

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Farmers in Southwest Nebraska are predicting a late planting season this spring.

Due to high precipitation and colder than average temperatures this year planting will take place at least a few weeks later than usual.

Dawson Welch is a local farmer and seed broker by Curtis. Welch says it's a game of hurry up and waiting at this point, but is grateful to still be in the business after all of the flooding that's affected the state.

"Just getting things ready, we've got the planters ready, fertilizer machines ready. It's just a waiting game for mother nature to dry out. We're extremely lucky. Guys up east and north, a lot of those fields will never be farmed again, so we're pretty lucky," said Welch.

Welch hopes to be in the field planting within the next month. But it all depends on mother nature of course.