The 2014 planting season has been a pleasant change from recent years. The weather and conditions have been much better than what we have seen in the past three years. We finished planting all the corn on Monday May 5th. The last day planting was spent putting in two test plots, one working with Precision Planting using their new technology on a research planter and one working with Soy Capital Ag Services testing corn hybrids, seed treatments, insecticides, and planting rates. It seemed like it took forever for the first corn we planted to come up. Conditions were cold and it took more than two weeks in some cases before emergence. We rotary hoed over 700 acres to make sure it would come up and that, along with some timely showers, have the corn stands looking good. On Tuesday the 6th we switched the planter and seed tender over to plant beans and got started on Wednesday. Last night we received about two inches of rain leaving us with 1100 acres of beans planted and 300 to go. The rain was much needed as overall our moisture levels have barely remained adequate. As soon as it dries up we’ll be back to planting beans, getting ready to sidedress nitrogen on the corn , and preparing for the post spraying.