Ken Ferrie: Planting Recommendations Differ From A ‘Normal’ Year

May 22, 2019 02:39 PM
 
With the clock ticking down on prime planting season, Ken Ferrie says farmers may have to make some tough decisions this year.

As of May 19, just under half (49%) of the total U.S. corn crop was planted, according to the USDA. However, some of the top corn-producing states are at well under that percentage. For instance, Illinois was at 24% this week versus 95% a year ago. Indiana was at 14% versus 86% a year ago. Ohio was at 9% this week versus 69% at the same time in 2018.

With the clock ticking down on prime planting season, Ken Ferrie says farmers may have to make some tough decisions this year that would differ from what they would decide—and that he would recommend—in a “normal” year.

The decision process starts by going to the field to assess soil conditions, says Ferrie, Farm Journal Field Agronomist and owner of CropTech, Inc., near Heyworth, Ill.

In the following video, Ferrie provides a step-by-step assessment that farmers can use in their own fields to evaluate their fields and decide whether to move forward with tillage and planting.

 

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Jason
Stockport , IA
5/23/2019 06:46 AM
 

  I enjoy reading from agweb but if you can't do something about the ads on the side of it I will block this site. What good is your articles if we can read the whole thing?

 
 
festus
OSAGE CITY, KS
5/24/2019 09:56 PM
 

  Does Farm Journal really think us stupid farmers need a lesson on how to plant? I personally consider this an insult to my intelligence

 
 
ck
bad axe, MI
5/23/2019 07:09 AM
 

  It's all about the retailers . Agweb is just a platform for the retailers . The articles are just a side show. Agweb is just worried about there advertisers that pay there bills not the producer and how there going to pay for the advertises stuff. The more it rains the more the pop ups because the retailer isn't selling any thing and is buying more face time. It's all about the ben franklins .

 
 

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