One word that keeps surfacing in AgWeb’s Crop Comments this spring is: wet! Excessive rainfall and cool temperatures have delayed a huge portion of planters. Many are still waiting to make that first pass.
In east central Iowa, a farmer reports he finally got planter out of shed to put on the air clutches. “When we got done putting clutches on, we put it right back in shed! We haven’t moved a wheel since April 14.”
Growers around McLeod County, Minn., have also made little planting progress this year. “Our soil is heavily saturated and there is more heavy rain in the forecast,” the farmer reports. “That puts us out to about May 5 to start, and that is assuming we don’t get anymore rain. I highly doubt we will be 50 percent done by May 10. Guys are really starting to get nervous.”
Cold, wet and windy weather has also stopped equipment in other areas. “Water is standing in corn rows and seeping out on the side hills of pastures,” reports a farmer from Hanson County, S.D. “We will need two weeks of dry weather with warm temperatures to get corn planting started.”
Planting is 100% behind 2010 for a farmer in St. Joseph, Mo. “We were done planting corn last year on this date. This year we have 0% planted. The fields are beyond wet with water standing everywhere.”
Fields in Ward County, N.D. are under water, says a farmer from the area. “What looked like a late start is going to be later yet. We are at least three weeks before we think about starting. Good thing we can grow 12 different crops.”
In Putnam, Ohio, a farmer says it's nice to see all the rain we missed last summer and will want this summer. “I know of only one field of corn planted (April 17) on heavier soil. It will be at least ten days of good drying weather before anything happens with planting.”
But, the farmer is not too discouraged by planting later than normal. “I have had my best corn planted around Mother’s Day.”
A farmer in Lancaster, Neb., has come to terms that when he does finally get in the field, conditions probably won’t be ideal. He quotes the old adage: Plant in the mud the crops a dud.
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