A few planters were rolling in Wisconsin

The planter was rolling Sunday for a southeastern Wisconsin farmer. 

Ryan Nell farms between Juneau and Beaver Dam and he’s known for planting some of his soybeans much earlier than most of his neighbors.  This year, Nell tells Brownfield he wasn’t the first one to get the planter rolling. “I do know of some other guys in Wisconsin that did plant some beans. I even know a guy that put a little corn in for a research plot.”

Nell says soybeans are tough and handle many challenging soil and weather conditions, but he’s concerned about soil temperatures in the 60s now and maybe getting a freeze in April if the beans emerge. “I actually have more concern right now about rotting than I do emerging and freezing off, so hopefully, I’m wrong.”

So, why plant early? Nell tells Brownfield, “It’s all about that reproductive stage. You’re prolonging it. You know, beans, if you plant them March 3rd or June 1st, they kind of all shut off flowering at the same time.”

Nell says planting conditions were about perfect, but the soil is dry.  He says he would gladly sacrifice these 11 acres to replenish the subsoil moisture.

Nell, who has never had March-planted beans fail, expects to plant the rest of his soybean acres in two weeks.

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