Planting came to a halt late last week as rain moved across parts of Indiana, but Hoosier growers made a lot of progress in getting crops in the ground. Eric Miller, with DuPont Pioneer in East Central Indiana, says field conditions have been great, “In eastern counties, we have almost 50% of the corn planted and close to 20% of the soybeans in.” The official statewide planting progress will be released by USDA Monday afternoon.
Miller told HAT that most of the corn and soybeans that were planted last week will start to emerge this week, “We should see corn and soybeans break through the ground this week, and then we can begin to evaluate stands.” He said soil conditions are such that planting deep is not needed, “There is no need to go very deep this year because of the good soil conditions.”
He urges growers that have not started their weed control program that this is the time, “We have some fields that are greening up, and weeds are getting a good start so growers need to get ahead of them quickly.”
Miller says, so far, field conditions and planting progress suggest we are getting the crop off to a great start, “Given how much corn we have planted by the end of April and the good soil conditions, I am very pleased with the way this crop is getting started.” Listen to the complete report with Eric Miller on the crops page of our web site and the agronomy section of our mobile app.