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Drainage holds and input prices drop

Between the Fencerows: Trying to plant the last 7% is like losing those last five pounds.

Kyle Stackhouse, Blogger

May 31, 2024

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Last week was the busiest of the season for Kyle Stackhouse.
Kyle Stackhouse

I would have much rather submitted that ‘last pass’ photo that so many seem to be posting in this past week, but we’re not there yet.

We are down to the last three fields, the last 7% or so. Those fields are too wet and with the continued wet forecast, it may be a while. Two of those fields were on the coinflip list. We had planned for one of them to go to corn, but it is looking increasingly unlikely that will happen.

June 5 is the crop insurance planting date for corn. After that, the prevented plant portion of crop insurance will be in play. However, due to lower corn prices, it doesn’t look to be a good option, just covering rent and fixed expenses. Since these are good producing fields, we will likely plant soybeans.

Last week was certainly the busiest of the planting season. We still had a few rain delays (Tuesday and Saturday morning), but just under half our acres were planted May 17-25. While pushing corn and soybean fields to get planted, we were also rolling the early-planted soybeans last Friday as they were in the V2-V3 growth stage.

The weekend brought 1.6-1.8” of rain to many of our fields. Knock on wood, drainage is still holding up well and it appears replants will be minimal in our area.


Just-in-time input buying

I did some inventory work this week to figure out what we had left for seed and fertilizer. With interest rates, we are working more of a ‘just-in-time’ philosophy. Thursday was a day of deliveries: crop protection products, seed, and more fertilizer for sidedress.

Interestingly, the herbicides I purchased at the same price I was quoted in February, dropping back down after March/April increases. I was also able to find 28% N (nitrogen0 back down near the December/January price. ATS (ammonium thiosulfate) was a bit harder. Generally, supply is short but I was able to find a retailer who still had product left at an earlier price point, again slightly above January pricing.

About the Author(s)

Kyle Stackhouse


After graduating from Purdue University in 1999 with a degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Kyle Stackhouse began farming in Plymouth, Ind., in northern Indiana. Kyle farms alongside his father Brad, not as an employee but as an owner who runs separate businesses in three counties in a 20-mile radius.  Kyle shares insight into day to day operations, current issues, and management of the family's mid-sized grain farm that specializes in NON-GMO and Identity Preserved crops.

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