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Missouri planting is picking up pace

Planting is starting quickly across Missouri. USDA says the state’s corn planting is 7% complete.

In Bates County, Brice Fischer says his corn is already planted.

“We started on March 27, planted for four to five days and then, got a little rain out and finished April 5. In the two county areas I live close to, Bates County and Vernon County, about 85% of the corn has already been planted.”

If the weather stays dry, Fischer says all the corn in the county should be planted by Friday.

In north-central Missouri, Pioneer Seed Sales Representative and farmer Daniel Carpenter says growers didn’t waste any time getting corn planted. He says there are a few soybean planters running in Ray, Carroll and Caldwell counties.

“A lot of farmers are trying to maximize that reproductive stage of R1. If things are fit in mid-April, it’s time to get soybeans planted.”

Carpenter says widespread planting is expected in the next week.

Photo credit: Brice Fischer

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