Saturday May 7, we received .20 in. of rain and that was the only rain we received to prevent planting being done this week. We made a lot of progress planting as we were in the field five of the seven days. We went from having 0% of our corn planted on May 5 to 60% done as of May 12.
Today is Friday the 13th, but yesterday was my day for bad luck. I had five minor breakdowns to keep me from getting more planted. If we can avoid the breakdowns, we need another three big days of planting to finish all of our acres. The hot weather sure helped dry the soil and get the corn that is planted off to a good start. The corn we planted a week ago is emerging after six and a half days. The corn planted the first week of April is now at the V2 growth stage. Some fields planted that week were replanted this week.
The local closing bids for May 12 were $6.62 for nearby corn, $5.97 for new crop corn, $13.36 for nearby soybeans, and $12.93 for new crop soybeans.
May 6, 2011