When Will It Be Safe to Start Planting Plants and Seed Outside

Dan Field Crops, Fruits, Herbs, Nursery Crops, Seeds, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours, Vegetables

When it’s safe to start planting outside. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. When the minutes of daylight starts to increase in winter, so does the yearning to get outside in the garden again. But don’t let a couple of warm days in early spring fool you into setting out your homegrown seedlings or new plant babies from …

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USDA Asking for Farmers’ Best Estimate of Planted Acreage

Dan Field Crops, USDA-NASS

Because of planting delays this spring, USDA is stretching out its data collection period for the upcoming acreage report a little longer than normal. Lance Honig, with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), says some farmers may be unsure of what they will get planted this year. But in collecting data for the upcoming Acreage Report, USDA has been asking for farmers’ …

Crop Planting Report

Planting Progress Remains Slow

Dan Corn, Soybeans

The weekly Crop Progress report shows little progress in planting the nation’s corn and soybean crops as unrelenting rains continue to inundate much of the corn belt. Corn plantings across the nation increased to 67 percent, compared to 58 percent a week ago and the five-year average of 96 percent. Just 39 percent of estimated soybean acres have been planted, …


Cotton and Peanut Planting Numbers

Dan Cotton, Peanuts

With dry conditions continuing in many areas of the Southeast, both cotton and peanut planting progress continues. USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey has the latest on the nation’s cotton crop. And Rippey says peanuts are one of the crops ahead of the planting averages.


Follow the Basic Steps for Stewardship of Treated Seed

Dan Industry Videos-Promoting Agriculture, Seeds

As planting season begins across the country, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) reminds farmers to follow the basic steps for stewardship of treated seed: follow directions on seed container labeling; eliminate weeds in the field prior to planting; minimize dust by using advanced seed flow lubricants; “BeeAware” of honey bees and hives located near the field; ensure that any …