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Indiana Farmers Looking for Corn Planting Windows

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If there is a window to plant corn, farmers will take it. And that they did over the Easter holiday weekend around Indiana. With our new planting forecast first released this past weekend, those windows look to be limited in the coming weeks. Mike Silver of Kokomo Grain gets regular updates of activity around the state, and he said it was apparent the weekend window of opportunity brought out the equipment.

“There was scattered rain activity over the long holiday weekend, but Friday, Saturday and Sunday in northwest central Indiana over around the Lafayette area there was quite a bit of field work being done. There was burndown of fields, some anhydrous being applied, tillage operations, and there was some corn planting.”

But certain parts of the state are still too wet to get to the fields.

“As you travel up the I65 corridor up toward the region up toward Chicago there was very limited activity up there. Soil is heavier up that way and they had a little more rain earlier in the week. You get across the northern tier of Indiana counties around Winamac, Plymouth, towards Warsaw, on some of the lighter soils there was limited field activity and very little planting activity.”

In the far northeast part of Indiana reports are very little field activity was seen. Silver said there was considerable activity in east-central Indiana, especially east of Indianapolis all the way to the Ohio line. That activity included corn planting. He tells HAT south of Indianapolis in Johnson County, Bartholomew County, Shelby County and areas further southwest, there was plenty of fieldwork including corn planting.

Planters rolled on Monday too, but some wet parts of Indiana will need numerous days of drying before seed can be put in. Keep an eye on planting weather at http://www.hoosieragtoday.com/seed-consultants-planting-forecast-april-15-2017/, and the new planting forecast will be released Saturday. Sign up at our website if you would like that emailed directly to you.

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