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.
It looks as though spring is finally here! After snow melted and more showers fell late last week, field work resumed again on Monday. Planting is in full swing now with soil conditions fit a favorable forecast for the rest of the week. Producers are taking advantage of this window to plant a lot of corn. Just 10 to 15 of the corn acres in this area were planted as of last week, but a majority of the corn acreage will be planted this week. Corn planted before the snow is now emerging and looks very good considering the cool weather we’ve experienced.
A few soybeans have been planted in the area, but soybean planting won be in full swing until the corn is complete. Even though we are in the month of May, seed treatment is still a good option for this year with wetter conditions we are experiencing.
Field activities, which finally began at the beginning of last week, came to stop when heavy rains and 10 inches of snow fell mid- to late week. This week that talk is concerns about the emergence of crops that were covered with snow. Questions about switching maturities have been raised as we move into May, but there’s no need to be concerned about before May 22. Stick to your cropping plan now. Weather in the 6-10 day outlook looks good, so hopefully we hopefully corn planting will soon be finished.