From the Field Crop Report: May 16
Dave Boeding is planting Latham® seed beans while his grandson Brennen Boeding runs the seed tender.
A good part of Central Iowa has finished or is finishing planting all together. Corn has emerged and is looking good in most fields. Soybeans are just emerging in many fields.
NORTHEAST IOWA & SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA
Monday we put in a Latham® corn plot in Black Hawk County. Many farmers are already done planting in that area. Further north and into southern Minnesota, however, planting is still at a standstill after 2 to 2.5 inches of rain fell last week. Sunny days are in order for next couple days, so we’re hopeful planting will resume on Thursday or Friday.
WEST NORTH CENTRAL IOWA
This field was planted to LH 5279 SS April 27 near Dows, Iowa at a population of 35,000.
NORTH CENTRAL IOWA & SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA
These photos taken along Highway 69 near Garner, Iowa, sums up the wet spring we’ve experienced so far in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota.
It looks like we might get some much needed sunshine for a couple of days Northwest Iowa. There’s also another chance of rain this weekend, so farmers are working to get seed in the ground!
WESTERN IOWA & EASTERN NEBRASKA
It’s been a wet week in western Iowa and eastern Nebraska, but at least the plot seed that got in the ground is emerging nicely.
Tuesday we journeyed north to find some dry soils and were able to plant a Latham SuperStrip in Almena, Wisc. The spring weather has been challenging, so only about 40% of the corn and 10% of soybeans planted. I didn’t think planting conditions could ever be more challenging than in 2017, but unfortunately, conditions have been more challenging this spring.
Luckily positive harvest results from 2017 are holding off planters until soil conditions are right. Beautiful weather forecast for this week will get us back on track before more rain moves in this weekend!
Field conditions in South Central Minnesota are extremely variable, so planting progress varies. Areas in Renville County are 90% planted on corn and 60% planted on soybeans. Moving a little farther south to Redwood and Brown Counties, fields are only 5% planted on corn and 0% planted on soybeans.
These two photos were literally taken 5 miles apart. You can see where the field in the second photo is just too muddy to get into the field.
Ryan Skaug of M&R Seed in Beltrami, Minn., on May 15 loads Latham® L 0485 R2 soybeans.
SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA
Planting came to a halt last Thursday in South Dakota as rain moved across most of the state. It just picked up again this Tuesday where we able to get our first Latham(R) plot of year in at Estelline, SD. It’s slow going this year, but we are taking advantage of every good day we get.
NORTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA
Between the showers, cloudy and cool days during the past week, there were some periods of sunshine. Growers in the James River Valley are planting soybeans in full force. To the east, corn is going in quickly where conditions are suitable. Some soybeans also are being planted there. Many growers are working through the night as another 1 to 3 of rain is in the forecast for Thursday night. Because field conditions are already wet, additional rain this week would mean some acres won’t get planted this year.
This photo was taken as we were planting a Latham SuperStrip in Watertown, SD.
SOUTHEAST NORTH DAKOTA
Not all area growers are as lucky as my son, Kyle Geske, who finished planting corn this week. One nice feature of technology like auto steer is that it makes it easier to have “management” check on you. Avery and Carson approve of planting Latham Seed.
EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA
Steady and unwavering planting progress continues across North Dakota. Several customers are 100% done. As a whole, I would guess we are 75 to 80% planted on corn and 30 to 40% on soybeans. We need rains west and north in the worst way as several farmers are planting into severely dry conditions.
Business is growing at Ideal Seed Solutions in Rugby, ND. To keep up with demand, a new bulk system was built. A a Quickveyor tender was added recently, so they won’t have to handle so many totes next year.