Farmers take advantage of sunny, warm weather to get out in fields


James Phares stops to check on equipment as he plants soybeans Wednesday afternoon in a field in western Hancock County. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)

James Phares takes a break from planting soybeans Wednesday. He said the warm, dry conditions were ideal for getting soybeans in the ground. "We've been blessed," he said. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)

HANCOCK COUNTY — Against a stout southerly wind and churning under a high, pale blue sky Wednesday, James Phares plied his family’s field with a big John Deere 8260 tractor, dropping soybean seeds from a 12-row planter.

“It’s ideal right now,” Phares said, stepping down from the cab on an 80-degree afternoon. “We’re hittin’ it hard.”

Phares and most Hancock County farmers were fairly getting after it Wednesday, taking advantage of the week’s warming temperatures ahead of expected wet weather this weekend.

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