Today’s guest blogger is Kurt Hohlbein, Case IH Crop Production Specialist for Ohio, northern Indiana and western Michigan. He grew up on a row crop farm in Ohio and has been a Crop Production Specialist for the past three years.
Planting is progressing well in my territory. Farmers are about 70 percent done planting corn and 60 percent done with soybeans.
The weather was a little wet last week, but so far, this week has been fantastic for planting. Temperatures have been in the high 70s and 80s for the past four to five days.
Producers love the serviceability of the Case IH Early Riser® planter and the new Accustat seed sensor. The Precision Disk™ has performed well, and growers are adjusting to using the ISOBUS task controller system. Case IH field support staff and local dealers have been helping farmers with the adjustment.
Next year’s crop prices are a big topic with growers right now. Prices are locked in for this year, but they fear that next year’s prices will be lower, and are concerned about their investments. Crop insurance has also been discussed a lot this year, as about 10-15 percent of the corn crop had to be replanted due to some hard rain we received about two to three weeks ago.