Week Ending May 17th We finished plating on Monday May 17th. Favorable weather conditions allowed us to get done ahead of the last couple of year's schedule.
We received 3 inches of rain early last week which was very welcome. We were getting dry enough that it was debatable if we should keep planting. We shut the planters down a day ahead of the expected cold rain which may have hurt the germinating corn. We were able to get back in the field later in the week and get things wrapped up.
We are now moving back to hauling grain and getting ready for the next round of crop spraying.
Week Ending May 2 We made good planting progress this week. We are working on corn both north and south. We have kept the planters separated in the two areas which has created some logistics challenges. Soil conditions are starting to get very dry in the north which has caused us to slow up a bit to wait on a rain. Soil moisture remains good south with ample rains.
Nearly all of the soybeans have now emerged. The early corn is just up.
Week Ending April 23 We slowed up planting this week to wait for the cold weather to pass. We had snow and freezing temperatures in both central and northern Illinois this week.
Early in the week we did some building clean-up projects. By late in the week we were back planting.
Week Ending 4/18/21 We finished planting beans in the Farmer City area this week and moved a soybean planter home to Yorkville to start there. After about 1/2 inch of rain last weekend we were able to get back in the fields by mid week. Ground conditions were good by the end of the week. Soybean planting got off to a good start late in the week around Yorkville. We did plant a small amount of corn in Farmer City late in the week. We are concerned about the cold wet weather coming next week which will not be good for corn emergence.
Week Ending (4/11/21) We started planting soybeans in the Farmer City, Illinois area on Monday April 5th. This is a somewhat early start date for us but the field conditions were good so we got started. We held off on planting any corn given the forecast for cold conditions to return next week. We have had good luck in the past planting soybean early, even in cold conditions.
We were able to run hard for a couple of days before rains came in. We got in 2200 acre of soybean by the end of the week.
We are running two Hagie STS1600 sprayers with 120' booms this year. This is helping us get over the ground much faster and will help out in the summer crunch time when we side-dress with one of them. The beans get a single tillage pass after the pre-plant herbicide. There are two 60' cultivators running most of the time, pulled with Challenger MT857C's. We are again running two Horsch 24r30 planters, pulled by MT765 Challenger tractors. Depending on conditions, the soybeans will get rolled with a 60' roller pulled by a Challenger 1050 within a day of being planted. The roller pass is to knock down any dirt clods and rocks to make harvest more efficient and safe from rock damage.
As in the past, we are using a 60' controlled traffic pattern in all the fields. Pre-saved guidance lines are ran by all machines on RTK guidance. All of the machines have 120 inch wheel spacing to follow the same wheel traffic patterns.
One change we have made with technology this year is that we are running AgLeader Displaycast in all the machines. We had been using it in the planters in the past to share coverage maps. Now we are using it in all machines to track locations and share coverage maps.