While we’re plenty busy in the toolshed and hauling grain when the weather is conducive, we’re also officially starting to look ahead to dropping that 40,000-seed population along 20-inch rows in our Pursuit Field.
We’re not among the really early planters, because we have the capacity to get it done relatively quickly. We don’t try to get out there the first week of April like some, but we want to make sure we have everything ready by the first of April so that we’re ready to go. In the next month, we’re going to make certain that all the equipment is working correctly, that the fertilizer support equipment is all set.
Then, by the time the first of April rolls around, you can look at a 10- to 14-day forecast, and get a good idea of what weather is like in the second week of April, which is when we’ll more than likely try to get out the door with the equipment. We want several days of good, warm, dry weather after we plant.
There are a lot of different factors that go into when we actually start putting seed down, not the least of which, of course, is weather.
At this point, as we start counting down the days, we want to make sure we have taken care of everything we can control by the time the calendar says April.