The first reports of completed corn planting are coming in. A central Illinois grower e-mailed today that he just finished planting his largest corn crop acreage ever and he did it in six days. He anticipates an excellent crop because it was planted just prior to the optimum planting date for his area of May 10.
He also noted that in his neighborhood, some growers planted corn in early April. Those seeds rotted and the growers just finished replanting those fields.
Just over a week ago, less than 10% of the Midwest corn crop was in the ground. However, an agronomist told me that once there was a break in the weather, the entire crop could be planted in 10 days. This prediction was pretty close.
Now, soybean planting starts.
Growers struggling to get their crop in the ground may want to consider upgrading planters. To help you make your decision, read some of the articles from Farm Industry News that look at new planters and features to consider, like http://farmindustrynews.com/planters/how-buy-your-next-planter and http://farmindustrynews.com/planters/new-row-crop-planters.