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Waiting to Plant Corn? Get Ready Here!

The early bird gets the worm. That old adage may be challenged as this year's U.S. corn planting season approaches its optimal April dates. In fact, this weekend may mark the time that the annual early-bird corn growers will decide to switch acres to soybeans, due to inclement planting weather. No matter where you sit in your spring progress, there's something for everyone here, the latest Corn Belt planting news and features!

Farmers Eye Optimal Corn Planting Dates

What's interesting about this year? Southern farmers who normally get the chance to plant early have been hampered by wet weather. Likewise, southern Corn Belt farmers trying to get into fields ahead of schedule have been set back a bit. It looks like the weather will help farmers in the heart of the Corn Belt to get a chance at top yields by planting within their April optimal planting dates.

Corn Belt Planting Window Closing...For Now

If the latest forecasts hold, farmers should be able to get into the field in the next week or so. Fieldwork is already behind normal in the Delta, mid-South, and southern Corn Belt as planters march northward; some farmers are already switching to soybeans in an effort to take better advantage of the normal planting window for that crop vs. its usual rotational partner.

Getting the Most Bang for Your Fertilizer Buck

The fertilizer market -- just one of several crop input costs that hasn't exactly tracked the downturn in grain prices in the last couple of years -- likely won't cause planting intentions to change much. Instead, it's more of an issue of quantity; the same crops may be planted, but wholesale cuts in the amounts applied will instead be the case.

6 Ways to Trim Soybean Production Costs in 2015

When economics reach the current level, farmers tend to cut soybean inputs. What should you cut, and what should you leave alone? Check out these 6 ways to trim your costs without trimming your yield potential.

Fertility and Herbicide Programs Key to Soybean Yields

The main theme for 2015 is to cut production costs. If you're growing more soybeans this year, don't slash all of your inputs. Historically, when the economics are tough, farmers will cut back on potassium (K) for soybeans, one expert says. Is that right?

How are your spring Fertilizer applications going?

Farmers report a lot of delays not just to spring planting, but also preperatory fieldwork, namely fertilizer applications. "If it stopped raining now, it would take at least a week just to get started on the dry fertilizer and the limited tillage I do," one farmer says. What's your situation?

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