April 24, 2009
Jim Schneider, Extension Educator in Hamilton County: Planters began to roll in Hamilton County around Monday, April 20. The high chance of rain forecast for the 19th only resulted in about 0.25 inch, so come Monday the fields were abuzz. I still see anhydrous being applied as well as liquid and preemergence herbicides. The favorable weather forecast at this point leads me to believe that by Friday (April 24), the Hamilton County corn crop could be 50% planted. If your corn is in the ground, don't hesitate to switch your focus onto soybean planting. Our on-farm research indicates that late April/early May soybean planting offers a significant yield advantage over mid to late May planting.
Aaron Nygren, Extension Educator in Colfax County: Farmer activity has taken off with the recent spell of nice weather. With fields finally dry enough to get into, farmers and co-ops have been busy applying anhydrous and dry fertilizer. Because of the lack of field work done last fall, considerable work remains to be done this spring, leading to delays in getting nutrients applied. During the last week, corn planting has begun with a spell of dry weather and warmer soil temperatures. Field conditions have been great, allowing producers to get a considerable amount of acreage done. In addition to corn planting,farmers have been busy applying burndown.preplant and and post-plantherbicides, as well as performing tillage operations. Wheat and pastures appear to be growing nicely.