April rains and mid-month snow — I guess it’ll be a while before flowers start to show. Yes, snow mid-month came down for a second year in a row. I’m starting to think it’s a new trend for us. It seems like we have a nice day or two, and then we have two or three dreary and rainy days.

We haven’t even started looking at fields to plant any alfalfa, corn or soybeans because our soils are heavily saturated and cold. This year we’ve had time to keep rethinking plans as Mother Nature assures us we’re a couple weeks out yet. We’re going to consider putting some soybeans in early before we start corn. In many studies that I’ve been reading, farmers are seeing extra yield on soybeans when they are planted early. Plus putting beans in early gives us the opportunity to go back into our fields after the long wait of winter. Corn is too touchy with our heavy clay soils to risk planting in marginal soils.

Our winter wheat is greening up nice right now and is going to need nitrogen soon. Our thaw came fast; we didn’t have any cold days or mornings to firm the ground. So we haven’t been able to be out there. I’m sure we will receive our window to apply the nitrogen. But we need to just be patient and wait. So for this week and the upcoming week we’re going to be scouting alfalfa fields.

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Josh Kroeplien of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, farms 800 acres of corn, soybeans and alfalfa in Sheboygan County. He milks 550 cows. He is a custom-operator, doing field work for customers on an additional 5,000 acres and has a woodworking business called Josh’s Woodworks. He’s also a seed dealer.