I’m happy to report that we have our first-crop hay baled and in the shed. I’ve seen a few fields left to make in the region, but for the most part, first crop is finally finished. We have had more rains this past week, a couple small showers, neither amounting to much, but Saturday night, we had almost seven-tenths. Some fields needed a little rain to cover sins of working and planting in too wet of soils, just to get the seed in the ground.
The one thing about this long planting window is the crop is in very different growth states. You can find corn anywhere between just planted to V4 to V5. I’m starting to notice emerged, growing fields of soybeans when I drive around. There are also a number of fields recently planted, so it’s a guessing game what they might be. You can see fields that are either unplanted or have large pockets in them unplanted to get as many acres in, but avoid the wet spots. I know many finished or quit planting this past week. There are some with cattle still working to get more acres in for chopping silage this fall. You can’t feed what you don’t plant.
We have some acres that will be prevent plant acres this year. With the PecatonicaRiver not wanting to get back to normal levels and stay there, we have water in some fields still and will not be able to cover every acre. It’s a widespread issue, not only with the PecatonicaRiver, but across much of the Corn Belt. The crop planting and conditions reports have been interesting to follow. This is a very widespread issue, and I’m not entirely sure the markets or anyone has a true understanding of how this will all shake out come fall for harvested bushels.
It seems like there is no normal year any longer. Once again, it will be a watch and see what happens growing season.