03-19-2012 09:45 AM
FWIW, corn was planted last Friday and Saturday near Keswick, Iowa located in SE Iowa, between Iowa City and Ottumwa.
BTO reportedly had goal of planting 400 acres.....don't know how much he got done. I got my info from the sprayer operator who sprayed the first field Friday afternoon.
Local discussion ranging from "He's nuts" to "Obviously he has nothing better to do" to "You know, he might be ok with this".
Will know more in a few weeks.
For my part, got 75% of anhydrous put on over the weekend in some of the best conditions I have ever worked in......
03-19-2012 11:58 AM
I'm interested in how many farmners are still waiting for seed ordered earlier to arrive. I gess the issue is whether the S American effort to increase popular or premium seed will be in time for early seeding?
03-19-2012 12:38 PM
For what it's worth...I feel that rash planting decisions like you describe...are mostly to blame on the federally subsidized insurance available today. We'd all like to plant early, but won't do it because of the chance of being frozen out. But if you've gotten someone else to pay for part of your insurance bill...and find it necessary to farm 30,000 acres to make a living, then planting when it's unnecessarily risky is easy.
03-19-2012 04:41 PM
I have heard form a couple different people that some companies replant policy do not go into effect until the crop ins. early plant date. Don't know for sure, but if I was going to plant this early I would check to find out. Patrick
03-19-2012 07:14 PM
Corn planted this time of year in IOWA has two chances of making it . . SLIM & NONE
Chances it will suffer a 20 to 35% stand reduction with this cool wet spell we have just entered. Then it has to run the gauntlet of potential repeated freezing nights (and maybe a few cold days as well) Wonder what 6 inches of wet cold snow will do to it after it is kind of up?
OH yea...back to that slim and none thingy again. I call it a DSI action on their part. They should have to pay retail for replacement seed AFTER everyone else has their pick.