Have farmers actually planted as many acres to soybeans as they indicated they would back in March? According to this report from Gary Crawford, we’ll soon know.
Wet conditions across the Corn Belt are delaying corn plantings. The Department of Agriculture indicated earlier this week corn plantings have fallen slightly behind the five-year average, and wet weather this week in the Midwest will likely bring further delays. With six percent of total corn acres planted by April 16th, progress fell three percentage points short of the five-year …
USDA’s 2017 Planting Intentions Report indicated there will be more acres of cotton, peanuts and soybeans but less corn acreage across the nation. And according to Jim Ewing, southern region regional director for USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), that’s pretty much the scenario for the Southeast.
An agriculture professor from the University of Illinois says very early planting is not worth the risks involved. Emerson Nafziger says planting well ahead of normal is unlikely to result in higher yields. In Illinois, he says some corn and soybeans were planted as early as February this year, with unseasonably warm and dry weather.
Everett Griner talks about early estimates on the 2017 planting crops in today’s Agri View.
It is time to start planning that garden. Cathy Isom has some tips on the seeds you should plant first for your Spring garden. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
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