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Many Farmers Still Need Good Weather Days to Catch Up From Last Fall

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Here we are in the last week of April and there hasn’t been much movement in Indiana farm fields this season. We all know how good farmers are — give them a few nice days and they’ll find a way to get seed in the ground. The problem though, according to Central Indiana Pioneer agronomist Eric Miller, is that we’re coming off a very wet fall where not much fieldwork was completed.

“We have not yet had a good run of getting a lot of our burndown applications on, any recreational tillage we might need to do, just to finish some things up or fix some things from last fall, or any pre-plant anhydrous. So, aside from planting, which everybody is most concerned with at this point, is we still need 3 or 4 days for a lot of guys to get all that other stuff finished. Most of which could have been done last fall provided a good opportunity.”

With temperatures in the 80s over the weekend, Miller anticipated farmers would hit the fields hard, but in many cases, the fields just weren’t fit.

“I think provided a different agricultural, agrichem supply chain environment, we may have pushed the envelope maybe a little bit harder this past weekend. But everybody wants to be sure we do this thing correctly the first time not knowing what and how supply is going to hold out if we get ourselves into a big replant situation.”

Hear much more in the full interview with Pioneer agronomist Eric Miller below.