Spring planting prep begins

It will be at least another month before Missouri farmers start spring planting and farmers are getting ready. 

In northeast Missouri, Matt Wright says local farmers have already started to apply fertilizer and while soil moisture has improved, more will be needed.

“The area where I farm we need at least half an inch of rain every week. I don’t have a lot of irrigation, so timely rains are important.”

North-central Missouri farmer Cody Brock says fields need to dry up a little so fertilizer can be applied on his farm.

“We got some anhydrous put on in the fall, but we still have a ways to go with lots of dry fertilizer to spread. Prices have been going down for fertilizer, which is a plus. We had some of it booked already.”

Gary Porter farms near Iowa and says planters are getting a tune up.

“We pulled the planter into the shed and took a closer look. My boys said we need all new disc openers on this year. We’ve got good moisture right now and we’re fortunate, but around April 15 or 20, I’d like to see some warm, dry weather.”

These farmers all have a corn-soybean rotation planned for 2023. Brownfield interviewed Wright, Brock and Porter during the Commodity Classic in Orlando.

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