May 20, 2019
Another wet week here in west central Missouri, although by the end of last week it was dry enough for some bean field work to happen. One seed salesman estimated only 3% of the beans were even out the door. The wheat around here is enjoying the rain and is at full head. Most farmers will have at least some corn to replant due to cold, wet weather.
May 13, 2019
The cold, cloudy weather of the last week has left it still soggy around here and allowed us to honor our wives and mothers, although we should see some sun and heat by the end of the week. That should allow at least some post applications for corn by the end of the week. Many farmers around here have used the cold and wet to switch over planters to soybeans, so if there is a break things will get rolling pretty quick. Wheat is about 25 percent headed out and looking pretty good, except for the price on the board of trade.
May 6, 2019
Pretty saturated around here — 4.5 inches of rain last week saw to that. The corn that was out of the ground already seems to be doing well, even the corn that sat underwater. Early planted beans are just peeking through the soil, but most around here are waiting for a good dry spell to get back in the field. If we dodge the rain this week, Mother’s Day might be celebrated in a tractor.
April 29, 2019
We had another week of good weather for field work around here. Most of the corn is in the ground, the earlier planted corn can already be rowed, and farmers are starting to switch over their planters to get ready to run on soybeans. There were probably even some soybeans planted early this last week, but a week of predicted rains should provide time for some much-needed rest and repair work, as well as helping the corn shoot up.
April 22, 2019
Easter Holy Week brought with it lots of field work. Lots of corn planting occurred around here, and most farmers are at least half finished. With warm temps and dry fields, some might even try planting soybeans by the end of the week.
April 15, 2019
Soil’s warm and we dodged the weekend’s storms, so spring activities are underway. Last week, lots of anhydrous went in the ground. Rumor has it that most fertilizer dealers ran out at least for a day or so. Those who hit the first anhydrous window or those who don’t use it are planting corn. Go spring!
April 8, 2019
It has been wet and cool here, although this week looks sunny and relatively warm, at least until later this week. About a week and a half ago, quite a bit of spring anhydrous was applied, but there is quite a bit left to go. Barring end-of-week rains, corn will probably begin to be planted around here next week.
April 3, 2019
Introducing... Josh Payne farms in Lafayette County, growing corn, soybeans, wheat and some rye. He is a member of the Missouri Corn Growers Association. Payne utilizes cover crops and no-till farming on his operation. He attended William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo.
Josh Payne farms in Lafayette County, growing corn, soybeans, wheat and some rye.