Good Timing on Spring Rains
Trent Brandenburg is happy to have 95% of his corn and soybean acreage planted. He’s is taking a day or two off right now as recent and predicted rains will make that remaining 5% too wet to plant for a few days. Trent sees good germination in his planted acres; “of course the ones we just planted two days ago are not up yet.” “This year is starting off good,” Trent summarized.
Most rains for the past month have been spaced well enough to help germination of seeds just planted, but not so often or so heavy to cause serious delays in fieldwork. The USDA’s latest planting estimates for Illinois this week are: Corn planted reached 54 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 49 percent. Soybeans planted reached 41 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 14 percent. For Trent to be 95% planted at the end of April is a great start for the new season.