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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Planting is mostly finished, with the wettest fields left to tackle

Entering this first full week of June, local farmers are fighting rain to get the last of their crops planted, but area farmers and agronomists estimate about 95% or more of the corn and soybean crops are planted, with most of the corn up in rows and the beans showing as well, depending on when they were put in.

“We’ve seen individuals who planted as early as March 20 on soybeans,” said Josh Hilbrands, the agronomy manager at New Vision Cooperative in Brewster. “And those fields are looking really good. There are not many like that, but they are doing well. But overall I’d call planting done at 98% or 97%”.

Hilbrands informed that the current trade territory of New Vision runs about 150 miles east to west and 120 miles north to south, with three main hubs in Jeffers, Brewster and Hills. The company does lots of work in Cottonwood county all the way to Windom and Mt. Lake in the south half and Jeffers toward Lamberton in the north.
The agronomist said it is becoming more of a normal practice to plant soybeans first for some farmers.

For more details on this story, please see the June 5 edition of the Citizen.

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