Trent Brandenburg started planting corn this morning, April 23, 2018. The chilly, wet weather so far this month caused some concern about late planting. Trent usually begins planting corn April 20 if conditions permit, so he does not think he is very late. “It’s hit and miss,” Trent said, referring to the readiness of various fields for planting.
“Nothing is bone dry,” he continued, “but some fields are dry enough to work, so we will do those until the others dry out,” Trent noted that the cloudy days and cool nights don’t do much drying of topsoil. He said the new average planting date is earlier than the old average planting date. Trent was happy to be planting corn first, rather than soybeans first like last year.