Talk about crazy weather! A Freeze Advisory was issued for Sunday and then temperatures of 90 plus were forecast for Tuesday. Corn planting is moving along in western Iowa with 25-30 percent planted. By midweek, we should see more than 50 percent of the acres planted. Many fields are in the spike stage with a few showing the first true leaf. Producers need to be reminded that trying to plant in wet holes is just a recipe for disaster; sidewall compaction will prohibit seedling roots from penetrating and “rootless corn” could result. Later growth stage of these plants may cause lessen yields and severe lodging. While planting around these wet holes now and coming back to plant them a few days later may make it seem like farmers are running around in circles, it will definitely be of benefit in the long run.
Soybean planting is well under way. A field of L2478R2 near Sloan, Iowa, is fully emerged. Many producers are planting soybeans as fast as they are planting corn, running two planters in the same field just planting different crops. Eastern Nebraska is using the same practice with soybean planting approaching 10 to 15% completion.