Corn planting wrapped up Thursday, April 12th. It was an enjoyable planting season with very few nights where we had to plant late because of impending weather. As I type we are receiving a very welcomed rain. Our area of Central Illinois has been very dry all winter and spring. In fact, our farms towards Elkhart and Williamsville had very little soil moisture when we planted them and most certainly had to have a rain to germinate the seeds. The corn we planted our first week in the fields is up and looking good. This past week we experienced evening temperatures that dipped into the lower 30's and in some cases the high 20's, but our emerged corn was not affected by the frost.
We again planted our corn plot and this year we have 42 entries which includes a check hybrid between every company. Thank you to all our suppliers who helped plant the plot in record time. This week we will focus on getting our corn sprayed, having our soybean seed delivered, working ground down ahead of the bean planter, and scouting corn for any spotty stands or cutworm damage.