The Indiana Corn Marketing Council reported earlier this week that 14% of Indiana’s corn crop was planted. My question was: Where? Jesse Uelbelhor of Ferdinand told me they have been rolling this past week and making excellent headway on planting progress in southern Indiana. Rain totals for this last week were almost 2 inches. The daily rain events followed by an afternoons of sun and wind left many of us tempted to plant despite how wet the soil conditions have become.
The week started out cold and windy, but gave us an opportunity to start planting soybeans late Monday night. Tuesday was a great day for carpet farming. This took place with my nephew. I remember back in the ‘80s when my brother and I farmed with Ertl and Scale Model farm toys. We planted and harvested many miles of hardwood and carpeted floors.
Early Thursday morning, parts of Warsaw, Milford, Argos, Rochester, Culver, Mentone and Winamac were slammed with 80 to 90 mph straight-line winds, leaving each of these towns looking like a war zone.
The planter I bought at auction last year, I rebuilt this spring. It had set for 10 years, but was finally ready to go, or was it? May 20 was our first trip to the field. Shortly after sunset, one row unit quit dropping soybeans. I discovered the only thing I had not replaced was the stem that drives the soybean cup, which had twisted off. Six new soybean cups were cheaper than upgrading to one radial bean meter.
By Wednesday, we were back in business. I replanted everything I’d tried to do two days before, but it was still too wet. At least, the planter works. Thursday afternoon, I planted the highest and driest parts of two different fields to corn. Hopefully, this plot will be large enough for the corn husking competition.
Soybeans will be planted around areas not planted to corn once the fields dry out. Area hay supplies are tight. Prices at Middlebury Hay Auction ranged from $265 to $400 per ton. Conditions of field and forecast do not look promising for dry hay.
The first weekend in June is Yellow River Festival in downtown Plymouth along the river. Come join us.