Random thoughts from a farm boy living in rural Illinois
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Farmers Debate Early Planting
Probably the most popular conversation topic over coffee in the local hangouts is "Are you planting yet?". Some farmers in Central Illinois have been out planting early corn crops. Others warn that the cold temperatures are not yet gone, and surface temperatures are too low to promote good growth. I spoke with an 80 year old Indiana farmer who plants by the calendar, not by the current weather. He's been farming for 60 years, so I'd say he's got it right. More thoughts from the Quincy Herald-Whig.