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Re: Climate Change in Corn Belt

The Dakotas like rain, even "too much rain" the cornbelt has shifted west.  We complain (I do) about these sub zero days, as a kid in the 70s, I remember just crazy amounts of snow, way more than now.  And we raised continuous corn in the peat and moldboard plowed it, early May I plowed and would turn up chunks of frozen ground, the 18th of May was deemed the best date to plant.  Now planting in peat or anywhere is April 20th...if you can.

 

I would say planting dates moved up 3 weeks and it seems we haven`t had that killing freeze on October 1st anymore.  It seems it goes to nearly the middle of October now, 2 weeks longer.   However planting windows and harvest windows are much narrower, you could no longer figure planting 800 acres with a 6 row or harvesting it with a 4400 4 row CH and 15`beanhead....plus figure doing custom work  Smiley Happy   Now a 12 row planter and 8 row combine on 200 acres doesn`t exactly keep you timely with your field operations   Smiley Happy