Another rainy week — I feel like a broken record. We did get more corn planted. I was even kicking up some dust on Tuesday, but once again the rains came and the low-lying ground where I was making dust is now under water. The sun and wind made for good drying weather Saturday, and I saw one out planting on Sunday on a hillside.
Monday, I was in the field applying anhydrous and the rains came once again. We have decided to flip acres. We had intended to plant a number of our low-ground fields to corn, but with the rains and the river staying high, we haven’t been able to get into them yet. So, we are giving them more time to dry and swapping those acres with intended soybean acres on higher ground. No change in overall intended acres for corn or beans, merely a swapping of fields to try to get more planted. The good thing is the first corn we planted is up and you can row it.
I would expect to see a lot of alfalfa cut and made if we get any type of dry window. That’s one crop you don’t want to mud out and ruin your fields.
With planting deadline dates coming quickly and the programs announced by U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Market Facilitation Program and Prevented Planting, it will be interesting to see what people choose to do. The lack of details for these programs in their announcements didn’t do much more than muddy the waters further for those weighing the options and attempting to make the best choices for their operation.
Here’s hoping one of these weeks I’ll be able to have a good report and say we had dry weather, the crops are in, emerged and growing nicely.