Even with a record warm winter, a local producer says most farmers will still look at the calendar to determine when they plant. Chad Bell farms near Viola.
Bell utilizes cover crops and the mild February has been really good for cereal rye, but he says that can create a challenge when planting corn and soybeans.
Cereal rye is not a cash crop. Its growth is terminated once corn and soybeans are planted. The first day of spring is Monday.