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Planting corn on February 20th, 2017

Michael Schmidt figured out how to win the internet for a day. The Illinois farmer posted a video of corn being planted in February!

As if the world wide web isn’t slow enough in rural America, something as crazy as this would cause such a stir among farmers all over the Midwest that the whole thing might just shut down!

Schmidt, the owner of Central Illinois Ag, was helping one of his customers test out his brand new Case IH 2150 planter, with all the precision planting bells and whistles on it.

“We were fortunate enough to have perfect weather conditions, so we brought out our precision specialists out, along with the farmer and his hired men,” Schmidt said. “It was the perfect day to get the planter out there and test it.”

The corn was over 2 years old and if it did happen to come up, Schmidt said the farmer would tear it up and wait for the important crop insurance dates, like everyone else in the area. But he said the seeds went in nicely.

“The ground was extremely fit but we weren’t necessary planting at the right depth or using the right down pressure,” Schmidt said. “What we were doing is learning how to make adjustments to that planter so come mid April when it really is time to go, this farmer is already ahead of the game.”

Schmidt hopes other farmers will follow suit and take advantage of this unseasonable weather by getting their equipment out and learn to familiarize themselves with how things work and be prepared for the 2017 planting season.

AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Michael Schmidt about the February 20th, 2017 corn planting video from Central Illinois.

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I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Licking County. Using the “its who you know” and “seize an opportunity” mantras, I started my farm broadcasting career right out of high school at WRFD-AM, thanks to my uncle Scott Higgins introducing me to then Farm Director Joe Cornely.

From there my radio path took me to Columbus country music station WHOK-FM, where I was known as Tyler Jacobs for over 12 years. Eventually I ended up right where I started and where I am most comfortable, back in farm broadcasting – using my real name!

I became a member of The Ohio Ag Net team in 2010 and I am proud to share the great stories about Ohio Agriculture, one broadcast at a time.

I currently live in Delaware County, where I am raising one boy and one girl, with my wife Angela. When I am not coaching my son’s baseball team or rehearsing for my role in my daughter’s dance recital (pictures if you want them), I am grilling, golfing and doing whatever may be on my “honey-do” list at any given moment.

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