Fields planted to soybeans multiple years in a row will find themselves under certain specific pressures. Here’s what to watch for.
“If at first you don’t succeed – try, try again.” That saying is wedged in the brains of any farmer staring down a flooded field from recent heavy rains across the Midwest in late April and early May. The all-important question: When does planting turn into replanting?
Last week, nearly a quarter of the 2017 spring wheat crop went into the ground, according to USDA estimates. Overall, planting pace is still slightly behind the five-year average, however.
Cotton planting in the southern U.S. has picked up from a week ago, moving from 14% complete to 21% complete, but remains slightly behind the five-year average.
With U.S. farmers bracing for a fourth year of declining incomes, grain production is poised for a drop. Just how much the smaller output will help to erode massive inventories is one of the main data points traders will be watching when the U.S. releases its monthly crop report on Wednesday.
According to the latest USDA Crop Progress report, soybean production is more than half concluded in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana, and planters have begun to roll across Midwest fields, too.
Progress continues for the 2017 corn crop. USDA issued its latest Crop Progress report on May 8, indicating that despite a big round of inclement weather in late April and early May, planting progress lingers just behind the five-year average.
May is a critically important month for the planting and development of the United States’ top grain crop. On average over the last five years, some 36 percent of the corn is planted by May 1, and that climbs to 94 percent by May 31.
As more fields dry out from last week’s deluge and more planters roll across Midwestern fields, it’s time to revisit your mental planting checklist, according to Lance Tarochione, technical agronomist with Dekalb and Asgrow. And keep in mind that with new technologies come added challenges, he points out.
Floods. Blizzards. Mother Nature dealt her fair share of calamity in April and early May, and the majority of farmers say the inclement weather will push back planting dates for 2017.
Spring 2017 has brought some early planting conditions, which were unfortunately followed by heavy rains. As the standing water recedes, the surfaces of many fields may crust over. And any seedling trapped underneath the hard layer at the surface will continue to grow until they run out of energy.
“It looks more like January, not April … certainly one for the record books.”
Almost perfect – but not quite. That’s how many Midwest farmers would describe the weather so far in April. Temperatures have been amenable, but precipitation has put more than a few planting schedules on pause.
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As corn pokes through the soil it’s susceptible to a wide variety of attacks. From insects to disease, attacking organisms see young corn as easy prey—and an attack could be detrimental to yield.
While soybean acres gained major ground per USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, overall crop acres will be less than years past.
Although economics in the heart of the Corn Belt favor a switch to more soybeans and less corn, experts in the I-States of Illinois, Indiana and Iowa say rotational considerations and core crop competencies will keep the shift from being too dramatic.
While rain pours in parts of the Midwest farmers in southern states are moving right along with corn and cotton planting. This week put Texas ahead of planting average while other states are just getting started.