Planting progress slows with weather and parts delays
Kelly Garrett, Matt Miles, and Kevin Matthews are eager to get planting, but weather delays and parts availability are slowing down the XtremeAg team’s progress.
KELLY GARRETT - ARION, IOWA
A fifth-generation farmer, Kelly Garrett farms corn, soybeans, and winter wheat in western Iowa.
On March 21 we planted 60 acres of soybeans. It was earlier in the spring than usual for our farm. Winter weather is likely not over here in western Iowa, so in order to make sure the beans are protected from any cold snaps we have applied stress-mitigation products Accomplish Max in-furrow and a seed treatment from SprayTec. If we see a prediction for very cold weather coming, then we will do a quick application of a product called Shield that is designed to give the young plants another layer of protection during frost conditions by helping to mitigate abiotic stress. As with many things in farming, it is a risk to plant beans on the first day of spring, but we feel pretty good about the stress mitigation program we have in place and think we are setting the stage for a great crop.
We have not planted since then due to the .75 inches of rain we received on the night of March 21. It was good to get some acres of beans in, but it was even better to get some much-needed rain to boost up the moisture levels of our soil.
We will wait until around April 20-25 before we plant any corn. We need to give the ground some more time to warm up.
The rye field that we’ll harvest is starting to green up as well as our winter wheat.
MATT MILES - MCGEHEE, ARKANSAS
Matt Miles is a fourth-generation farmer in southeast Arkansas who grows corn, soybeans, rice, and cotton.
Patience is the capacity to tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting upset. If you know me at all, you know I’m limited on patience. But after 30 days of rain, freezing temperatures, and 2 inches of snow, the soybeans have risen! I wish I was half as tough as a soybean plant is.
We will do average stand counts this week, but it looks like we will have a good stand. Not sure how much energy is left in the plants ... It’s been a tough last few weeks, but we planted mid-March last year and they ended up being our highest yielding beans. Based on that, we should be in the clear.
We also started planting corn today. The weather forecast looks inconsistent over the next few days, and we had some rain this weekend so we are not in a huge hurry to plant corn yet, but we are trying to get the planters set properly and some acres under our belt while we can. In all honesty, I suspect we may be increasing yields by not getting started too early. The 15-day forecast for the Delta region doesn’t look great, but if we waited on perfect weather all the time we wouldn’t get much done around here.
With the forecast the way it looks, we will likely be planting corn, beans, and rice all at the same time. Wish us luck!
KEVIN MATTHEWS - EAST BEND, NORTH CAROLINA
Kevin and his wife, Cindy, own and operate Matthews Family Farms of North Carolina, Inc., Precision Nutrient Management, Inc., and Deep Creek Grain, Inc. in East Bend and Yadkinville.
Planting season has arrived and we are still waiting on parts! I am starting to get nervous now. I should be in full swing with three planters running hard in the next couple weeks. If all the parts miraculously arrived at our farm tomorrow, we couldn’t be in the field until we spent eight straight long days in the shop. In all my years of farming, I have never seen such problems trying to get a simple disk blade, gauge wheel, or a small wiring harness adapter in hand. We’ve even offered to drive to the manufacturers to pick up some items, but we’ve been told that is not an option.
We are using the time to get our fertilizer spread and we’re cleaning out a few ditches and making some general farm improvements, but we need to get in the field soon.
Our wheat is doing well, and we will be applying a foliar PGR application this week to assist with plant strength. Hopefully, it will make for a faster harvest so we can get turn around and get our soybeans planted quicker as well.
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