Fields Drying Out Makes for Workable Planting Conditions
Trent Brandenburg started planting corn and soybeans this Monday, April 5, 2021. This is about the same start as Trent got last year when he started on April 7, 2020. Trent is hurrying to get more planted before the rains predicted for this afternoon, April 9. He wants a good rain to speed the germination of seed already planted. The soil temperature is still in the 40s but the recent sunny days will warm it quickly.
Trent has not made any changes to his corn-bean rotation, although the recent bean price spike is tempting. He has already applied fertilizer and crop protection chemicals planned for this year, so he is fairly well locked into his present rotation because a field with corn inputs applied has to be planted to corn. Trent’s present corn-bean balance has been successful for him, so he is continuing with it.