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Highs & lows in the ECB

Jeff Caldwell 06/03/2011 @ 4:01pm Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

This week's been characterized by more weather extremes in some parts of corn and soybean country, but finally a break in the wet weather that's plagued farmers in the eastern Corn Belt.

That's allowed some planting to get underway in the areas that are furthest behind normal. But, even though that's the case, the planters aren't running full-bore in some areas, like around Martinsville, Ohio, where Ed Winkle is a certified crop adviser with Hymark Consulting, LLC.

"I am surprised of the lack of farm activity in this region with beautiful dry weather for once, so I am convinced there is going to be one heck of a lot of Preventive Planting fields in this area and I bet that area is going to be a surprise to the market place once they figure it out," Winkle said Thursday.

Though conditions have improved in Ohio, the slim planting progress is shared as you move west. Just one state to the west, Agriculture.com Marketing Talk member and Indiana farmer Blacksandfarmer says some of that state's best farm ground has yet to be planted because of the ongoing wet, cool conditions.

"My wife and I took a trip to see her folks down in Wabash/ North Manchester, Indiana, today. I would say about 25% of that area is planted," he said earlier this week. "It's a shame because that ground down there has 200-plus-bushel corn potential. I have never seen so many weedy untouched fields."

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