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Planting reaches home stretchPlanting reaches home stretch

Corn is in the ground and soybeans will be finished in the next couple days.

Kyle Stackhouse 2

May 19, 2023

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View from tractor cab
Kyle Stackhouse

I just did another survey of the seed shed. It looks like supplies are getting tight and I’m trying to match soybean maturities to field acres to make sure they match. As I sit here, now, there are two ways things could get planted.

For one of those to happen, I will need to find a few more bags of beans. If fields get planted in the other order, I will tap in to some of the beans held back for double crop and replace those later. Ultimately, the weather will decide what happens. Light rain is forecast for Friday afternoon.

After last Friday’s rain, we were out of the fields until late Monday. With corn acres on the downhill side (and also some wetter fields), this week we focused mainly on soybeans while trying to plant one or two fields of corn each day until we finished up corn Thursday. We didn’t mind the stretched-out finish as this helps to mitigate weather risk. We also shifted a second field from soybeans to corn and planted a variety plot in that field.

We haven’t spent a lot of time looking yet, but so far, fields that have emerged look good. We will do some more evaluation after we finish planting. We haven’t had any pounding rains so soil conditions remain favorable for emergence. We’ve had some hazy (due to Canadian wildfires) and cloudy days, some more sun would be welcome.

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Corn seedling with roots

All in all, planting season has gone pretty well. On average we have been completing 7-8% of our acres every day. So, in essence everything will have been planted in less than 14 working days. We should get fields cleaned up in the next couple of days. Efficiency will go down as we do these odds and ends spread from one end of our operation to the other.

Stay safe! Finish well! Watch out for the other guy! Even though it’s been a relatively short season, I’ve seen some crazy things with automobile traffic this week. Unfortunately, it appears patience for farm equipment is gone already.

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