Wet Soil Planting Delay? Too Soon To Tell

Published On: March 26, 2019

Wet Soil Planting Delay? Too Soon To Tell

Trent Brandenburg is not happy about the prospect of “a couple more inches” of rain this week. The soil is already too wet to work, he noted, but there is no standing water. “If it warms up, it will dry out fast,” he observed. So “it’s too soon to tell.” Trent does not expect to plant anything before April tenth “at the earliest.”

Trent sees “corn is more favorable” in prospects for crop revenue return, but he has already committed his fertilizer and crop protection inputs for his previous balance of corn and soybeans. He thinks it’s too difficult to change now. The increase of sunny days will improve his optimism. He looks forward to the spring planting and the annual miracle of the emerging seedlings as far as one can see here on the rich Illinois prairie.

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