From The Editor
April 19, 2013
Hello Pro Farmer Members!
We needed rain, but we didn't need that much rain... at least not all at once. But, there is no denying the drought took a serious gut-punch this week and soil moisture levels have been recharged. We're not talking about a saturated moisture profile, but we've got water in the ground now to get the corn and soybean crops off to a good start.
If it warms up! Which it will... I'm just not sure when it will. But I'll almost guarantee we'll go from the "overtime winter" (it is spitting snow in northeast Iowa right now) to what will feel like summer. Soil temps in northeast Iowa are now back below 40 degrees, which is nearly 20 degrees cooler than last year at this time.
So even if it quits raining (which it's not supposed to), the cooler-than-normal temps in the forecast will slow down the dry-out... and the wet soils will slow down the warm-up. That's why -- if everything turns average right now -- most Iowa farmers won't be in the field until at least May 1.
The farm managers I've spoken with the past few days still aren't too concerned. But they are concerned about their decision-making process this spring. They've grown anxious to get started, but these professionals also know if they start too soon, the mistakes they make this spring will show up at harvest this fall.
I tweeted about that this week, saying, "A threat to 2013 corn yields is now the space between our ears. Bad decisions at planting show up at harvest. Got to plant it right." The tweet was retweeted several times, which tells me there are several that really understand that even when it's getting late, you still have to wait for conditions to "get fit" for planting.
Finally, our hearts and prayers go out to everybody impacted by the Boston Marathon bombing and the those in West, Texas. What a terrible week.
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That's it for now...
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