“Peculiar” planting season sparks different approaches to planting
A certified crop advisor says the cool, dry start to the planting season has farmers in his area implementing very different planting plans.
Jason Boehler is a farmer and Seed Specialist for M&M Service Company in Litchfield, Illinois.
“I would say this has been one of the more peculiar springs we have had in several years. We have people that are completely done with corn. We have people that are completely done with soybeans and everybody in between.”
Boehler tells Brownfield rains this/last week have paused fieldwork and upcoming cooler temperatures pose some concern for corn plant development.
“It could be a real possibility that we may only have 25,000 to 26,000 full sized ears at harvest and have 7,000 or 8,000 partial ears from late emerging corn plants. That is going to really take the top end off of corn yield.”
He says he is not as worried about the early planted soybeans because they tolerate cooler soil temperatures better than corn. He says if there is an even 90,000 soybean plants per acre a field should be close to full yield potential.
Audio from an interview with Jason Boehler