Donnie Hays farms with family in Monroe County. He grows corn soybeans and has a farrow-to-finish swine operation.
July 15, 2019
We got everything sidedressed this week, now it’s just normal things to do like washing the planter up and spraying weeds around buildings. Not a whole lot going on.
July 8, 2019
We got everything planted Wednesday. Helped other people get some of theirs planted; just paying it forward. I think most people are there — finished planting or planted everything they were going to plant. Guys are cutting wheat. Some are double cropping. But finally done planting.
June 28, 2019
We have been pushing hard getting beans planted and replanting some beans that didn’t come up because it was too wet. Hopefully will be done this weekend or the beginning of next week. There still are a lot of people planting and replanting beans around here, but it’s supposed to be hot and dry for a few days.
June 24, 2019
We only had two days without rain. If it doesn’t rain anymore we might be able to get in this week and get some more beans planted. I think we have a pretty good chance of getting some dry weather this coming week.
June 17, 2019
Last week we got a lot of acres planted with beans Friday; we ran till about 11:30. A lot of other guys running, too, real hard. Then that night we got about an inch of rain and then got more rain on Sunday. Hopefully the clouds clear up and it starts drying out so we can get back out there.
June 10, 2019
This past week lucked out and didn’t have too much rain, so we got a lot of our corn acres planted. So did a lot of other guys. Some of the guys that planted corn early, like back in April, I was told some of them are replanting. Some people are taking prevent plant, and some people are just planting the corn just to get it done this week. Probably going to have a little bit of rain, but we should get most of our corn planted or finished up.
June 3, 2019
We had about another 6 inches of rain this last week. It’s finally starting to dry up, but there’s more rain coming possibly. Hopefully it’ll hold off so we can get something done.
May 24, 2019
This week we did not get any planting done. I think we got a total of about 6 inches of rain. Hopefully next week will look a lot better. But some of the corn we planted on the 19th is starting to come up, so it’s looking good.
May 20, 2019
Last week was a good week. Everybody was running and we got a lot of planting done on the hills. Some rain on Saturday, but this week is looking pretty good. Probably get a lot more planting done.
May 13, 2019
We got a little bit of rain over the weekend, maybe all together 1 inch. Think we might try to start planting this week and see how that goes. It’s supposed to be pretty nice and sunny and warm this week, so hopefully that dries everything out and keeps everything dry so we can start running.
May 6, 2019
Not a lot has changed, just been very wet this past week. I think we’ve had 6-plus inches this past week and more is forecasted this week, May 5-11.
April 29, 2019
My wife and I are having a baby boy today (Monday, April 29). Been waiting all week — call it the week of waiting. This week we got all our anhydrous on, got the seed tender filled, planter is just ready — just waiting for a little warmer temperatures. Some guys have got some beans in the ground. Others have done a little corn and others are like us: waiting.
April 22, 2019
Well we’ve got most of our anhydrous done. A few guys have started planting. Others are probably waiting for the soil to stay at a warmer temp. Right now it’s just kind of a waiting game, getting everything looked over, double-checked and ready to go.
April 15, 2019
This week it’s dried up enough to get anhydrous put on. We were able to get one field done just before it snowed Sunday morning (April 14). But that’s Missouri weather for you — wait 30 minutes and the weather will change.
April 8, 2019
Things are staying pretty wet but we’re getting some equipment ready, changing the oil in the tractors, and looking over the planter. Just general maintenance. It’s just been too wet for us to do anything in the field so far, and that’s kind of the same story for a lot of guys around here.
April 3, 2019
Introducing... Donnie Hays farms with family in Monroe County. He grows corn soybeans and has a farrow-to-finish swine operation. Hays graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. He and his wife, Ashley, have a daughter, Thea. Hays farms with his dad, Todd Hays, who serves as state vice president for Missouri Farm Bureau.