Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: South Central MN
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Wet here too, some guys are done or nearly done, then some others haven't started yet... I'm in the middle, got some in but a ways to go. Probably going to be around the first week of June and still putting some corn in, won't seed any late maturity stuff only early then. I was able to get the late RM stuff in, wasn't the field I wanted it to go in but its planted.
Beans are 60% for PP, not the 55% like corn is. Still far from attractive. All PP does is allow you to survive to put in a crop the following year, after land rent/taxes, and cost of maintaining the ground for a year, it is breakeven at best. Some can make money on it if they own the land and have it paid off. Have to attempt to put in the crop, or else they won't pay out. Good choice though if you didn't have inputs down like fertilizer or herbicide, I did have some dry spread last fall though.
I don't think I have ever had so much mud get piled up inside a planter row units before, I've seen them plug but not this frequently. Got good at pulling one or both depth wheels off and scraping the mud off the inside of the wheel.
Fertilizer is also slow getting up here since barges can't get up the river, so has to be trucked or hauled by rail. Flooding also affects that too, I know some states had rail tracks get damaged earlier in the spring. Luckily I'm using a liquid blend on the planter, most here just use a little bit if they have a setup for starter, I'm one who can use a lot more though as I have a 2X2 setup. The one day I had to get the tender tank refilled the site was a 5 ring circus, one of the other sites ran out of AMS and had to wait for the truck load to arrive, about a couple hour trip out of the cities.