On Wednesday morning we begin planting our 2011 corn crop. With the warmer temperatures and forecasted wet weather ahead we decided to get some corn in the ground. We were able to plant Wednesday through Friday and with two planters it did not take long to cover a lot of acres. While day one of our planting season did not set any acreage records, it did allow us to work the bugs out of the planters. Right or wrong, we focused our initial efforts on planting the fields that tend to be wet and can stay wet for extended periods of time. Recent tillage on those particular farms gave us some of the best seed bed conditions to plant into in recent years, so we decided to plant those wetter fields now versus gambling on whether they would stay dry and allow for timely planting later in the spring.
An unexpected 30% chance of rain halted all planters this morning as we received anywhere from 0.25 to 0.70" of precipitation. However, the sun reappeared this afternoon and 80 degree temperatures will allow planters to start again on Sunday before the next 60% chance of rain.