It’s no secret that rain – and in some places, snow – has been sweeping the soybean belt, drenching fields, flooding rivers and keeping many farmers from planting.
Here’s the latest soybean planting news roundup from across the nation. Be sure to check back with Beyond the Bean Online for updates.
Mark Seib – Poseyville, Ind.
We haven’t planted anything yet, but all the equipment is in the barn, facing out, ready to go.
It’s been raining every day here in southern Indiana. The Wabash River has overflowed, and the excess water isn’t draining well, backing up most of the ditches. We’ve got rain in the forecast, and temperatures dropping pretty low. The weather is not going our way.
The farmers here have stopped listening to the weather forecasters and are just waiting for the fields to dry. We’d like to get some warm weather.
Walter Godwin – Pelham, Ga.
We’ve still been getting a good amount of rain and are waiting on the fields to dry out. It’s wetter than it’s been for the past eight to 10 years. I know two guys down here who planted cotton that was killed by some 40-degree weather.
We went a week without rain, which helped, but we’ve still got 40 more acres of corn to plant. We’re shooting to plant soybeans and cotton in the next few weeks.
About 30 percent of our fields are irrigated, all with center-pivot systems, and we put most of the irrigation under corn because that crop needs it more than others. We have maybe 50 acres of soybean under irrigation.
Mark Huseth – Elbow Lake, Minn.
The area around us got a good amount of snow a few weeks back that even closed down a few schools. Near my farm, we only had a few flakes that melted quickly. Snow this time of year is uncommon but not unheard of in Minnesota.
The weather set planting back, and we seem to be going backwards day by day. When I drove through Minnesota on my way to drop off a load of soybeans recently, I saw two people in the field. Otherwise in the state of Minnesota, there is no movement. By this time last year, we were well on our way through planting.
I would say we would plant soon, but that’s being optimistic. I wouldn’t be out of line saying we still have a few more weeks. The fields are drenched.
David Foster – Fort Scott, Kan.
The weather has been uncooperative for planting our soybeans as of yet. We have been too wet to get in the field at all, and we’re getting concerned about planting our corn. In the beginning of May, temperatures reached 81 degrees and the sun was starting to dry some things out. More recently, the weather’s changed dramatically. We had a wind chill of 24, as well as sleet and snow. The forecast is calling for rain. So, we aren’t sure if we will be able to plant corn, then soybeans, or just plant more acres of soybeans than we initially planned. I would guess we’re not the only farmers considering this.
This interesting mix will make it even more critical to be as productive as possible when the conditions allow us to get in the field. So between milking and feeding cows, we’re making sure our equipment is ready. We are also considering some part-time help so that we don’t have to fit everything in-between and after chores.