window rapidly closing on corn planting
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Started by mcfarm - May 27, 2022, 11:10 a.m.

well our local met said last nite today would be a passing shower and less rain than the last few days. Seems we just had a monsoon set up and open the skies for nearly an hour. Rained so much every road, ditch creek and low spot is now under water. We might of been able to go Tues or wed but now it may be over for the year. We are not as bad off as some as we are at about 80% corn planted and 60% beans. And the corn that had emerged looked good until that great prediction of last nite of a passing shower. Looks like crap now.

By metmike - May 27, 2022, 11:49 a.m.
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Thanks for the bad news mcfarm!

By Jim_M - May 27, 2022, 12:20 p.m.
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Wasn't it just a couple years ago that farmers were finishing up their corn planting in late June because we had such a wet spring?  And of course the sayings....crop in the mud is a dud, etc etc.

I remember seeing fields that had corn that was ankle high on July 4th.   And we still have a pretty good crop that year?  Much ado about nothing.  It seems the only thing that really damages a crop significantly is a devastating drought.  

By mcfarm - May 27, 2022, 1:41 p.m.
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no way late June. late yes but certainly not late June

By cutworm - May 27, 2022, 4:31 p.m.
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6-5 is the insurance cutoff date here in this part of Indiana. 1% less coverage / day till 6-15

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We normally plant 110–117-day corn here. 

Average frost is about 10-12. First recorded frost 9-13Corn absolutely must black layer before frost.

A 100 day corn would black layer at 9-26 and pollinate about 8-4 The hottest time of year and also the least chance of rian

Frost and Freeze Information for Central Indiana (

By cutworm - May 27, 2022, 4:37 p.m.
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Corn at Black layer is about 35-40 % moisture need to dry to 15.5%

Drying cost would be very expensive.

By cutworm - May 27, 2022, 4:49 p.m.
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My experience is you waste your time and $ planting corn after the first few of June. I have a personal goal of Memorial Day. My corn is planted But I have neighbors that haven't planted much due to some spotty heavy rains.

Still have 20% of my beans to plant. I like to have them planted by June1, earlier if I can.

Ya some plant double crop beans till early July but yield is highly related to getting timely rains and then a 20 bu crop is considered good. If you average, it over several years probably less.

By metmike - May 27, 2022, 5:17 p.m.
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Super Duper informative information cutworm!

By metmike - May 27, 2022, 5:21 p.m.
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This is the forecast.

More rains in the S.Plains drought areas...........good news.

More rains in the N.Plains/MN..........really bad news.

7 Day Total precipitation below:

http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.govcdx /qpf/p168i.gif?1530796126




By metmike - May 27, 2022, 5:21 p.m.
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By wglassfo - May 28, 2022, 12:02 p.m.
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Update on our C & B planting

We got lucky, [sort of lucky] as we had wet weather early in April until approx May 4

We did manage to plant almost 200 acres of sweet corn under plastic and some conventional tillage sweet corn. Plastic needs bare dirt for the planter to work but once  planted plastic covers approx 80 % of ground so soil erosion is minimal to none. We had to plant 40 acres at a time, here and there to get some sweet corn in dry ground

We got a spell of dry after May 4 and completed commercial corn planting on approx May 15

We started spraying for weeds yesterday and side dress will start next week

Our beans are almost planted but our bean planter doubles as our conventional sweet corn planter and is too small for the acres it has to cover this yr.  We have 100 acres of beans that is still wet soil conditions, and 100 acres that would plant on Monday except we need to plant sweet corn with that planter. Such are the trials of farming with very high COP, and machinery not matched to the demands we need Hopefully we get some drying weather for that 100 acres

Discussion is on going as to what to do for more timely planting as we have other machinery needs and only so much money in the kitty for machinery purchases. Heck a set of 8 tires and rims cost 60,000. One piece of machinery if ordered by end of next week will come in Mar 2023. We need it this fall. [2022] Price tag 180,000.00. An old used second bean planter is 60,000.00 plus parts [10k] to re-condition for timely use. That is 10 yrs old or more. New is 400,000.00

Any how, what with machinery short comings, a rain once a week, we have approx 200 acres of beans to plant and this coming week will hopefully put us on schedule for sweet corn and bean planting. Some beans will get planted late but we do what we can.  Sweet corn planting lasts until end of June and is mostly irrigated on all sand ground. Heavier clay farms seems to be okay with normal rain fall

We are more fortunate than some in other parts of the corn belt, our planting is about average for this part of the world.

 I see some liquid side dress started last Thurs, Fri.

Tomato planting is in high gear with many planting 500 acres of tomatoes. That takes three planting crews. Those guys earn the big dollars. We can't as our second income is sweet corn, and labor is an issue. Heck the sweet corn folks are talking some kind of string bean as a second crop following sweet corn harvest. Golly where will we get the labor for that.

By metmike - May 29, 2022, 12:38 a.m.
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Thanks Wayne!

By Jim_M - May 31, 2022, 2:19 p.m.
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I strongly remember passing corn fields in our Amish area on 4th of July weekend on a motorcycle trip a couple years ago and it was just emerging.  That's corn that got planted in the last 2 weeks of June.  I even mentioned it here for comment.   Just sayin'

By metmike - May 31, 2022, 2:33 p.m.
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Jim, that could have been sweet corn and or a short season variety.

In fact, many sweet corn operations will intentionally  stagger the planting so that the sweet corn is harvested over a much longer period.

Harvesting all at once with sweet corn, means the potential for the unsold/unconsumed corn to start losing sweetness a week after harvest.

With field corn, it's dried down and can be stored for a year without losing too much energy for animal consumption.