The spring field work got kicked off the day after Easter. We started applying pre-plant herbicides on Monday the 5th and started planting soybeans on the afternoon of Tuesday the 6th. The soil conditions were ideal and both the air and soil temperatures were warm. Some of of our first planted beans included a test plot to compare different soybean seed treatments. Seed treatments have become more important in recent years as we push to plant beans earlier when conditions can be cool and wetter. As of the evening of Monday the 19th we have 2/3 of our soybeans in the ground, all the corn herbicide with nitrogen applied, and only 350 acres of bean herbicides left to apply. It was a pretty good run of field work for early April. We have not planted any corn yet but are ready to go when the extended forecast shows some warmer weather.
Yesterday, Tuesday the 20th, we had a major temperature drop and snow. None of our beans have emerged yet luckily, the low last night was in the upper twenties and is expected to dip that low again tonight. After tomorrow temps are forecast to rise and we will be back at it as it dries out.
Markets have continued to climb, cash corn in Farmer City is currently $5.14 and soybeans are $12.81! Good weather and good prices are providing a great start to the 2021 crop year!