‘The dust is finally flying’
“That’s one of the first times I’ve seen dust fly this spring,” said Iowa farmer Robb Ewoldt last week as one of his no-till planters began flying across his field.
Crop insurance decisions on-the-fly
Davenport, Iowa, farmer Robb Ewoldt (r) discusses crop insurance options with agent Jason Norton. “This year is one we’re going to remember for a long time, and one we wish we could forget,” said Ewoldt.
River bottoms still too wet
Fields were wet from April 21 through end of May in the Geneseo, Ill., region said Megan Dwyer. “People forget all the work that goes into putting in a crop and how much faith you have to put into the weather. It’s tough to put together a plan and have very little control of the outcome.”
‘I’ve never ever failed to plant’
“We’re crossing a bridge we’ve never crossed before in my 41 years of farming,” said Brownsburg, IN farmer Jack Maloney. “We’ve been late, we’ve had poor crops, water has destroyed some crops. But I’ve never, ever failed to plant.”
Boosting cash flow with trucking
Robb Ewoldt put one of his semi-trucks on the road for commercial hauling to offset dismal crop profits. “I breathe a little easier, knowing that there’s money coming in,” he said. “It’s hard to pay back debts if you’re just breaking even.”
At the end of May, some fields still had not been touched
Sheldon, Ill., farmer Eric Schoolman shot this with his drone May 31, clear evidence of the weather woes Midwest farmers were facing.