Late February warmup good for fieldwork

This last week of February has seen temperatures jump across the Midwest. 

Central Illinois farmer Ken Franklin grows corn and soybeans with his family in Christian County.  He tells Brownfield they’ve utilized the nice days…

“Record-breaking in some spots,” he says.  “Ground was dry, so we had a little bit of anhydrous left to put on in some patches and we were able to get it knocked out. It went on really, really nice.”

Franklin says the dry soil conditions are a bit of a concern…

“We don’t see many tiles running.”  He says, “Some of the big ones are, you know, that feed a lot of acres, but it’s pretty dry down deep. It makes you concerned a little bit. It seems like we either get no rain or 6 or 8 inches at a time. That’s probably the biggest concern.”

However, he says they’re in no hurry to put any seeds in the ground just yet…

“Especially on corn.”  He says, “The last four to five years, our best corn has been the latest planted. So, we’re not real excited just yet to be sticking seed in the ground. I have not seen any planters rolling in our area and I’m a little surprised at that to be quite honest.”

Franklin plans to seriously consider planting in mid- to late-March.  The last time he was in the field this early was 2012. 

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