It’s been a slow go so far this planting season.
“We have been able to get some field work done in a few select pockets that missed a few rains or fields that have excellent drainage, but overall, we’re largely behind where we usually are this time of year,” says Michael Strasburger, a farmer in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties.
As of last Monday’s USDA Crop Progress report, Indiana corn is only 6% planted. At this point last year, we were at 29%. Indiana soybeans are only 3% planted. Last year, we had 22% in the ground. Not much progress is expected in Monday afternoon’s report from USDA.
As for Strasburger’s progress, “Usually by this time we’re about halfway done with planting, in some cases wrapping it up, but this year we’re probably only 10 to 15 percent done here in Tippecanoe County. Like I said, there are areas of White County that are further along and have had some better planting progress, but overall, we’re definitely behind.”
Farmers all over Indiana are welcoming the news of a dry forecast for this week. After all the weekend rain though, patience will still be needed, something Strasburger and every other farmer in Indiana has had to struggle with this planting season.
“It’s just hard to stay patient. You really have to slow things down and look back at some historical data and say, ‘You know, we’ve had tremendous success planting late into May,’ and we just need to stay patient, stick to the script, stick with our original plan, stay calm, and stay safe.”
Strasburger will be featured in an upcoming video produced by Hoosier Ag Today in conjunction with Farm Credit Mid-America. Be on the lookout for that video on the HAT Facebook page and our YouTube channel.