Over weekend several farmers were able to get their first hours in the tractor seat in. We saw them busy top dressing wheat, applying ammonia, spreading fertilizer, working ground and some corn even got put in the ground!
Joe Wonder of Old Fort in Seneca County took the opportunity to get in the field this weekend and drop a little seed to test out his new planter. His son Sean planted about 10 acres of corn that they plan to harvest as silage.
Wonder said they were able to get in the field so early because, “This is water bearing sand with a gravel base which allows it to dry very quickly. It has a good organic level that allows it to hold heat.”
He said the soil temperature was 65 degrees on the surface, but much cooler just one inch down. He plowed the day before and then worked the ground right before they planted.
“The soil is moderately dry. Definitely dryer that normal. We had dust by the time we were done working and if we would have waited any longer it would have gotten too dry,” Wonder said.
In Fairfield County, the planting conditions were perfect on Saturday April 6 to get a few acres of soybeans in and get any bugs out of the system to hit planting hard when it warms up.