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Groundhog shadow or not, conditions look favorable for corn planting

BY ROBERT BURNS
TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE
COMMUNICATIONSS

According to various newsagency reports, groundhogsacross the nation, includingPunxsutawney Phil, did notsee their shadows today,which, by tradition, meansspring will come early thisyear.

“Regardless of what thegroundhogs indicate, we areexperiencing a drying trendin many areas, and the soilmoistureprofile is good,which is good news forTexas corn growers,” saidDr. Ronnie Schnell, TexasA&M AgriLife ExtensionService state croppingsystems specialist, CollegeStation.

Until recently, CoastalBend and Central Texasfields were too wet to workor incorporate preplantfertilizer, Schnell said.

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