Farmers in Northwest Iowa have started planting. Last week we had timely rains, and are now playing catch up. We are still not late on planting, but farmers are working fast.
In Northwest Iowa we have yet to see corn emerging due to the cold weather we had last week. You’ll want to make sure to dig up the corn fields and check to make sure the corn is coming along well before you consider changing hybrids.
The remainder of the week appears to be cold and wet. So make sure you keep an eye on the weather forecast.
Nick Coleman being interviewed by Mark Dorenkamp on “The Big Show” yesterday.
Farmers in Central Iowa started planting last weekend. Soil temperatures in the early part of the week were right at the 60 degree mark. The soils were fit for planting, but what most farmers were wrestling with how much to plant with a cold, wet forecast looming.
You must weigh the effect of cold water around the seed against the date on the calendar. I have spoken with farmers who haven’t started, as well as farmers who are 70% done with corn.
The remainder of the week appears to be cold and wet with the chance of seeing snow. I would assume we won’t start planting again until next week when it dries out and warms up.
Here is Steve Bailie’s latest radio interview with 97.7 FM WGLR Farm Broadcaster Bob Middendorf. The theme for this week: Don’t hit the panic button yet! Tune in below for the full story.
WGLR Interview April 25, 2013