Jim Herring, April 9, 2012

“We’ve got a lot projects going on. We haven’t started planting yet, but some guys in the area have. We’re going to start this week if the weather cooperates. But for now, it is the last opportunity to catch up on all of the little things before planting season starts. We have all of our anhydrous on until sidedressing.  We got the spraying done last week. We’re ready to plant and just watching what the weather will do. The forecast says it will be cool for the next few days, but it looks like we have some warmer weather coming later in the week. Then we’ll get the seed in the ground and see what happens.

“We ‘re going to start with corn. I’ve heard about a few guys planting beans but I think I’ll wait another week or so for them. I am not in a big hurry to start the beans because of the risk of frost, but we will maybe get the beans started next week if the conditions are right. We just had a pretty hard frost that hurt some of the apple trees in the area the middle of last week, but there wasn’t much else out around here to get hurt.

“I think the soils are in pretty good shape. The ground does seem to be a little hard, though, and that could be due to mild winter. I think there is adequate moisture for planting, but the top couple inches are nice and great for planting. We just have to get the planter rolling and see how it goes.

“I think we’ll try the National Corn Growers Association Yield Contest again this year. It was a good experience last year and we wanted to give it another try. It is a great tool for learning about how to be on the cutting edge with your yields.”

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