Monday, April 27, 2009

Great progress...

We have made tremendous progress since the last update. As of this morning, we are 53% completed with corn planting. We are getting close to having everything planted around the Ashland & Pleasant Plains areas. A couple brief showers rolled through the area this morning preventing us from getting back in the fields. The forecast is for possible rainfall totals of 3" though our area in the next 36 hours - hope the forecasters are wrong...

Again, we feel very fortunate that we were able to get this much planted, as many of our friends outside our area were just getting started this weekend. Bob reported that his corn planted on April 18th already has a half-inch sprout on it.

The picture above is of our Insight monitor in the planting tractor. This monitor controls the automatic guidiance as well as our planting population and Tru-Count row clutches. It also builds a map of where and what we are planting. Notice in this picture the shades of blue colors - those are areas where the monitor will automatically change the planting population as we drive through the field. On this particular farm, the population ranged from 32,000 to 38,000 plants per acre. The yellow and green colors represent our coverage map and another test we have on the Davin farm.

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