Ken warns that many farmers in Central Illinois will have to make tough replant decisions this week. He advises that the decision will need to be made as soon as possible and based upon actual counts from your farm, not neighborhood consensus or emotion. He walks through what steps to take to see if you can save the current crop and how to collect the numbers to tell if replant is the right decision. If growers are without a hoe, Ken offers other options to try to help this crop out of the ground.
Ken does a special mid-week Boots In The Field Report to prepare farmers for the predicted weather this weekend. He covers why he is concerned and the possible outcomes if the forecast is correct.
In this week’s #BIFR Ken Ferrie starts with an update on the corn and bean planting progress across central IL. Ken alerts scouts to be on the lookout for seed chilling issues, cutworms, and armyworms. He also warns them to be on the lookout for soil crusting, “Hoe Before You Know”. He ends with a warning about knowing your inhibitor!
Ken recaps the results that have been coming back on the seed test and why some are concerning. He also talks about the increased Army Worm pressure, how the wheat is surviving the cold snap, and what conditions you are looking for if you plan to plant corn next week.
With wheels starting to roll on the spring 2020 season, Ken reminds growers that 80% of the compaction that causes issues comes from the 1st tillage pass in the spring. He also covers a real-life example of how the 4Rs playout when weather and conditions turn against you.
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken advises to think the opposite when planting early season beans. Unlike normal planting, when going for early beans the key is planting longer season beans first to give them the best chance of flowering before the solstice. He also shares his concerns about spring stripping anhydrous and planting corn on top of the strip.