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2014 Planting Report: Iowa, Minnesota Farmers are Rolling

A Case IH Precision Disk 500 and 3580 air cart roll through fields in central North Dakota on May 10. Please note this video has no sound.

Today’s guest blogger is Trent Hardy, Case IH Regional Sales Manager for Crop Production from the Canadian border to Iowa. Hardy grew up working on a farm, while his father managed the local grain elevator. Hardy has been with Case IH for four years. Prior to becoming Regional Sales Manager, he served as a Territory Sales Manager for central and eastern North Dakota.

Read his report below and let us know if the weather has been helping or hindering your planting progress. We want to hear from you!

At the beginning of this week, the USDA weekly crop progress estimates showed 70 percent of corn in Iowa was planted and 20 percent of soybeans were in the ground. This week’s weather has finally cooperated in Iowa and southern Minnesota, so I expect most producers will wrap up planting – or come close – by the end of this week.

Producers appreciate the agronomic benefits of the Early Riser planter.

Producers appreciate the agronomic benefits of the Early Riser planter.

Growers north of Minneapolis and into the Red River Valley are only 5 to 10 percent done with corn. Some haven’t even started planting yet. In that area, spring has been extremely late, with cold and wet weather. It rains every second or third day, and lows are still dropping into the 20s with highs in the 50s, so it just hasn’t dried out.

At this spring’s planting jump start meetings, we’ve been talking about the Agronomic Design advantage of the Case IH Early Riser® planter and how its agronomic features help achieve photocopy plants. We talk about how the Early Riser can help ensure accurate seed placement at the proper depth and what this potentially means to their bottom line.

For more information about agronomic considerations at planting and photocopy plants, click here to request a new Agronomic Design Insights report on seed placement accuracy.

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