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My Generation

Be Safe in the Rush to Plant

When the ground finally dries out, a whole lot of planting will need to happen in a hurry; don’t let yourself get too tired and make a deadly mistake.

In a lot of ways, it’s hard to believe it’s really the middle of May. There’s not much corn planted, much less ground worked. And beans? What beans?


We had a little taste of what’s (hopefully) to come this past Monday. We’d had enough consecutive dry days for farmers to find a field or two that were ready – or close enough. And boy, were the tractors flying. Tractors, fertilizer trucks, anhydrous tanks and more all buzzed up and down the roads. We were makin’ hay while the sun shined.


And then it rained again. And again. And now the sun’s shining, but more rain is forecasted for the next 48 hours. Illinois Ag Stats Service says that only 10% of Illinois’ corn is planted, compared to 80% in Iowa. It all means that once the ground finally dries out, we’re all going to be flying, working hard and working long hours. It’s been a long time since our planter ran all night, but this could be the year – and a lot of Illinois farmers are thinking the same thing.


But no matter how important it is to get this crop in, it’s more important to be here when it’s done. If you’re tempted to run your planter long hours, make sure you’ve got someone to relieve you. Think about what's really important. Get as much rest as you possibly can. It’s when you’re most tired that mistakes happen the quickest.


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