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  • Soybean slowdown
    It’s hard for me to complain about the showers we received followed by above-normal temperatures. I would guess that corn is well over 90 percent planted in my area, and the stands look great. Last week’s warm moist weather was just what the doctor ordered for the corn. 
  • Rained out
    Corn planting is done for many. However, I have had a chance since it’s been raining to drive around, and we are far from all planted as far as corn in this area. I have talked to several guys that still have two days of planting corn to go. 
  • Rain welcomed
    All our corn is up, which is also the case throughout our area. The vast majority of the soybean crop has been planted, too, and much of it has emerged. 
  • Planting gains
    The majority of producers has finished corn and is planting some bean acres. There has been a lot of corn emergence this past week with stand looking relatively well unless some low-lying areas end up drowning out from all the rain. 
  • Upgrade and expand our transportation infrastructure
    It is no secret that our nation’s transportation infrastructure is in a state of disrepair. 
  • Muddy times
    How excited are you about current grain prices? Yeah, us, too. Stagnant $3.70 corn and $9.25 soybean fall bids are nothing to write home about. 
  • Spring starts
    Spring seems to be fast, hectic and stressful so recapping always makes me stop and look around at all that is being accomplished. Not much to report yet — we have sprayed some burndown, but haven’t planted a seed yet — cold and wet so in the bag is where we feel comfortable with them. 
  • Slow, wet start
    We are super wet still, and I haven’t seen anyone in the field yet. We might try to spray some burndown this week if the sun comes out. I heard that some spraying has been going on north of us and a few started running anhydrous. 
  • Prepare to meet farm financial pinch
    I often talk about how there are four areas where you can impact your farm business the most. When you list them in order of biggest impact, they are: production, having the right crop insurance for your operation, marketing well and a strong understanding of your farm’s financials. 
  • Planting begins
    It has been an interesting spring so far. The weather has been a challenge to outguess. 

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