Mark McGill, president of Appanoose County Farm Bureau, Wednesday afternoon said the cool and wet weather last week did affect planting a little bit but farmers in the last few days have been making great progress.
He said lately it’s been drying out and farmers are hustling to get the crops planted but rain in the forecast could slow things down a bit.
“I guess the only thing in our favor is it’s still only the 7th of May,” McGill said.
If the farmers can get the planting done within the next week they still have the potential for a good harvest as long as the weather cooperates,” McGill said.
If the weather stays wet, then farmers might start looking at corn seed with a shorter maturity date, McGill said. However, shorter maturity dates do compromise yield.
“As it starts approaching the end of May, they’ll start shortening up the growing season, which when you do that you compromise yield,” McGill said.
If farmers can get the corn crop planted within the next few weeks they will probably stay with a longer season corn seed, McGill said.
The last few years farmers were finishing planting in June and July because it was so wet, McGill said.
How about switching from corn to soybeans? Not so easy to do especially if farmers have made a commitment to planting corn and have already applied anhydrous and fertilizer.
“Their input costs are so high, just with the fertilizer and hydrous that it would be cost prohibitive to go to soybeans,” McGill said.
McGill said he works at John Deere and talks to local farmers on a daily basis.
Jason Smith from Smith Fertilizer and Grain in Centerville said that farmer’s are doing pretty well with planting this year now that temperatures have gone up.