Yesterday we started planting corn on the Gooden/Maes farm. A tile project three years ago, where we ran 4" laterals every 60', allows us to begin planting each year on this farm. We worked the Gooden/Maes farm with the field cultivator a month ago and the recent warm days have allowed the top three inches of soil to dry. When we work the ground considerably ahead of the planter we call this condition planting in a "stale" seedbed.
We are going to try to plant a few of our strip-till farms today where we believe the raised soil of the strip will be drier. A slow-moving rain event is forecasted to arrive late this afternoon with an inch of rain possible over the next three days.