AGRIBUSINESS: Farmer Finished Planting

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While some farmers are still waiting for the right time to get their crop in the ground, farmer Rolland Schnell in Jasper County planted his final acres last Wednesday.

But finishing so soon comes with its share of problems; he says he had small windows to get his crop in, so he took advantage of those opportunities when he could. However, the cold winter and sporadic weather already put a toll on his fields. Especially the crops he planted early.

"I do basically all no-till and I've done some waterway work and that corn all popped up at 100 percent stand. But where the no-till was the ground was so cold, and so wet, for so long that the seed vigor wasn't there and it did have trouble emerging." He says, "The seeds I've dug up, some of them are just coming yet while some others are at the two leaf stage. Some of them are even leafing out under the ground, and some just sprout out and are probably going to die. If they do grow, they'll turn into a weed beside a big plant."

Though the planting is done, Schnell's work isn't done yet.

"While we were planting in those short windows, we also got a lot of the early herbicides on the corn ground and we did get the pre-herbicides on the soybean ground we have a couple of fields yet that have not been sprayed and spraying is next." He says, "And we got to catch up, get our chemicals on before the weeds take advantage of the weather that hopefully is going to becoming warm weather."