Perfect Planting Weather Raises Prospect of Another Big Crop

Perfect Planting Weather Raises Prospect of Another Big Crop

Jerry Gulke can’t believe how ideal the weather has been for planting this year.

“It couldn’t have been a better spring,” said Gulke, president of the Gulke Group in Chicago and a farmer in Illinois. “This thing is working up like garden—it’s perfect conditions. It’s almost too good to be true.”

The same thing is happening all over the Corn Belt. Based on the USDA’s weekly crop progress numbers, marketing firm Allendale predicted as much as 50 percent of the corn crop could be planted this weekend.

“A lot of people got done in April,” said Gulke, speaking with Farm Journal Radio from his fields in Illinois, where he'd spent the day planting. “I’ve never been done planting corn in April before.”

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That sort of “jump start” could result in another bumper corn crop this year.

“I didn’t believe—or didn’t want to believe—that we could produce two big crops in a row, but the market is telling us we are off to as good a start as we’ve seen in a long time,” Gulke said. “If the weather cooperates into summer, we’ve got a chance to grow a pretty good crop in everything.”

The tradeoff comes in the form of low grain prices and willing-to-wait buyers. All this perfect weather and big-crop potential “doesn’t bode well for the end user being excited about having to lock in prices,” Gulke noted. “He sees this coming ... there’s no sense of urgency.” 

How is your planting season going? Submit your thoughts, photos, and videos to AgWeb’s Crop Comments section and talk planting with fellow farmers on the AgWeb discussion boards.
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cokato, MN
5/2/2015 08:58 PM

  yes perfect planting here in minnesota! but it is not so good on the moisture end and it has just been the last three days that it has actually been warm enough to justify planting. the woods just finally leafed out enough that you cannot see all the way through the woods?????? some corn around here has been in the ground for over 2 weeks????? and i wish those print articles on how good we got it may be go by the golden rule = do not count your chicks before they are hatch, just saying

5/2/2015 06:45 PM

  Not so perfect in eastern Indiana and western Ohio. We are still too wet to till fields. Managed to spread fertilizer and spray burndown. Maybe Monday we will START planting.

Buxton, ND
5/3/2015 07:38 AM

  We farm in North Dakota and Minnesota. We are done planting corn but the condition the corn went wasn't good. Seeds are in dry dirt and if we don't get rain soon we will have a very uneven stand which will lead to a below average crop. The only measurable rain was two weeks ago and we got 4 tenths not even enough for moisture to hit moisture. We need lots of rain for this bumper crop to come true


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