Slower Farm Conditions

There may be a few rain drops this week, but it won’t do much to slow down planting activities by area farmers.  Crop Specialist Joel De Jong says this year farmers are off to a slower start than last year, but they will move quickly.

Joel De Jong says the next two weeks are the optimum time for planting corn and soybeans.

The latest technology is helping farmers plant their crops quickly this spring.  Area crop specialist Joel DeJong says highly mechanized farm operations can finish fieldwork quickly, regardless of the weather.

Soil conditions are much better this spring than De Jong thought earlier.  Last fall, very dry conditions were a worry, but a milder than anticipated winter, and rainfall in November helped replenish soil moisture conditions across most of De Jong’s seven-county reporting district.