Corn planting progressed quickly over the last week. A few showers moved through the area, but they didn’t slow up producers as they took advantage of the weather. Field conditions have remained good with early emergence looking very good. Corn planting is 85 to 90 percent complete with herbicide applications on track. As producers finish corn, they’re going straight to planting soybeans. I’m estimating one-third of soybean acres have been planted across my region, and the majority of farmers will be finished with planting by this weekend provided Mother Nature cooperates.
We need sunshine and dry skies! My area has received a total of 11 to 12 inches of rain during the past week! Rain totals have been all over the board, especially in Mitchell County. Farmers were just starting to roll pretty good until when rain began to fall last Friday. Then disaster struck on Sunday afternoon with flooding continuing into Monday, so we’ll be at a standstill for a while now as we work to repair roads and fences, as well as clean up damaged property. Needless to say, very few soybean acres have been planted here.