Memorial Day will go down in the books for the severe tornado outbreak across Indiana and Ohio, along with other states to the west. An EF-3 tornado flattened homes, farms, grain bins and power lines from Macy to Akron and left areas near Warren, Indiana with 5-plus inches of rainfall. Other parts of the state experienced tornados and wind damage, as well, along with hail. This week, many farmers were discussing Prevented Planting and crop insurance. While others were taking cover, we kept an eye to the sky and continued checking the weather app as we planted corn. We eventually got rained out.

At the start of June, we had yet to make much headway in the fields. Some crops were planted without fertilizer, and other fields needed opened up to the air for drying. Friday, I spread fertilizer on fields of corn before they emerged. We usually broadcast and incorporate before planting, but field conditions were too iffy to pull a buggy of fertilizer. We resumed soybean planting Friday morning. Then early Saturday, we switched out the soybean cups for precision corn meters. With exceptional service this weekend by Davenport Precision Planting and Seed for Pioneer Seed and Derek Harrell for Beck’s Seed, we were able to keep both planters rolling.

My brother and dad prepared seedbeds ahead of the planters with the field cultivator and spike drag. Soil conditions were too damp to use a disk or cultipacker this year. Saturday night, we switched back to soybeans and finished planting soybeans Sunday in the low pockets we had avoided earlier. Some farmers are still at a standstill because their planters are too heavy for field conditions, and others opted to use smaller planters so they could continue making progress. The stress has been lifted as we are done with soybeans and should be done with the last 8 acres of corn by June 3.

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