Race to the Planting Line

April 12, 2009 07:00 PM

Sara Muri, AgWeb Crops Online Editor
Across farm country farmers are chomping at the bit to get planters in the field, according to reports from AgWeb's Crop Comments. Most farmers are reporting weather hold-ups as to the main reason planters are still in the shed. Of course, there are a few areas where planters are already tracing across fields.
"Everyone is getting the itch at the sight of the weeds growing,” says a farmer from south central Iowa. "A few guys have been out trying to do something...anything...but they have shut it down after digging up muck.”
In Kansas, a farmer reports, planters are mostly ready, the farmers there are just waiting for a warm, dry spell.
Some fieldwork has started in areas such as Buena Vista County, Iowa, a farmer reports. This farmer says some anhydrous started going on the first week in April, along with some corn stalk ripping. "I started ripping on Thursday (April 2) and under a lot of stalks where the water pushed them or a broken round bale there was still some frozen ground.”
In northeast Oklahoma, a farmer reports corn was planted last month. "The corn I planted March 20, before all the rain, is still not up,” the farmer reports. "It has had 5 inches of snow and numerous hard freezes on it so far.”
Farmers Waiting for a Calendar Change
A farmer from southwestern Illinois says normally planters hit the field around April 15. But this year, he says, he believes the earliest a planter will roll in his area will be sometime after April 25.
In North Dakota, a farmer says there is still plenty of snow and cold weather lingering around. "There is no way will we be in the field by end of April,” the farmer says.
A farmer in Daniels County, Mont., says they still have snow on the ground and freezing temps every night. "It will be 10 to 15 days till we are in the field.”
Don't Pull the Trigger Too Soon
Even with many farmers catching planting fever, some farmers don't feel the need to rush. "Wet forecast for the next two weeks makes it look like not much corn going be planted until May unless your mudding it in,” says a northwest Iowa farmer. "Plant in the mud and your crop will be a dud.”
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You can e-mail Sara Muri at smuri@farmjournal.com.

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