ISU Extension & Outreach To Hold Informational Meetings Regarding Late Planting Options
(Estherville)-- Ongoing wet conditions have made it impossible for some farmers in the area to get spring field work and planting done. And officials say the clock is ticking, now that it's mid-May. In fact, Paul Kassel, a Crops Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, says some producers, especially along the Highway 9 corridor, have yet to even turn a wheel this spring.
Because it's getting so critical, Kassel says ISU Extension and Outreach will be holding a series of informational meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, May 29th and May 30th, to talk about what options are available...
"First, I guess, kind of the yield potential for corn crops people hope to plant here, and I assume some of that's going to get planted, but kind of what to expect for yield, you know grain yield and grain moisture in the fall and what our research might show on that, and also kind of a similar thing on soybeans, you know we're going to be delayed in our soybean planting so we're going to visit about that, too. And then, to you know, in the worse case scenario, we hope it doesn't happen but when you change to a soybean crop, when you quit planting corn and focus on just planting a soybean crop. So we're going to talk about those kind of things. There's a few herbicide things, and people may have fields applied already, we had nitrogen and herbicide on them and maybe they won't get to go to corn, so what to do there, we'll talk about that. Probably the other big thing would be is the prevented planting provision of the multi peril crop insurance and how to figure that and what that means in terms of potential income and that kind of thing, so that's probably the other thing we'll talk about there."
Two meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, May 29th. The first that day will begin at 9:00 am at the Estherville VFW; the other will be at 1:00 pm at the Palo Alto County Extension Office in Emmetsburg. Another meeting is set for Wednesday, May 30th at Water's Edge Nature Center in Algona. It will begin at 1:00 pm.