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7 Photos of #Replant17
While this week’s crop progress report showed that corn planting has creeped ahead of the five-year average, that number masks the fact that detrimental conditions will require some farmers to replant.
Replanting is already underway in some parts of the country, including Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska Illinois, and Ohio.
In Indiana, #plant17 got off to a great start before rains moved in. “Weather across the state was ideal for crop farmers for most of April, but heavy rains followed by cooler temperatures brought Indiana farmers to a halt,” said Randy Kron, Indiana Farm Bureau president.
“We’ve seen roughly 8 inches of rain since April 22. When we get close to drying out, we just get more,” adds Jordan Brewer of Brewer Farms in Clinton County, Indiana.
Here are two photos from Clinton County. The first taken back on May 4 in a waterlogged field and the second taken yesterday shows farmers back out reworking fields.
Farmers in Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, and Illinois are scouting fields now to see if replanting will be needed.
Nebraska farmer Geoffrey Ruth is debating whether or not to replant this field. “We have a 30% stand reduction, but a hybrid that really flexes,” he says. “We are consulting on what to do.”
This is from corn in Clinton County, Ohio.
Jeremy Wolf is planning on replanting this white corn field in St. Joseph, Illinois.
Tim Laatsch is tilling this field in Altamont, Illinois, in preparation for #replant17.