My Way of Thinking: Ag Retailer Employees Invest Long Hours
Farmers are putting in the hours because they own the business, and know the two months of spring can make or break their profit margin for the year. That’s why once Midwest farmers were finally able to get into the fields by mid-May in most areas, equipment rolled fast and furious.
An example was the rapid planting of corn in Iowa with only 15 percent of the corn being planted as of May 12, according to the USDA planting report, and 71 percent having been planted by May 19. Illinois’ planting proceeded just as fast from 17 percent on May 12 to 74 percent as of May 19. Missouri was the next fastest going from 28 percent to 70 percent during that same one-week period. The rapid planting basically had the percentage of planted corn acres on track with the four-year average by May 19.
So, what looked like the possibility of many corn acres being switched to soybeans became a non-issue. Now, the question becomes how will the weather turn out for growing those bumper crops?