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2017 Spring Planting

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Well it’s that time of the year again! Spring is a very busy time – planters are out of the shed, and farmers are eager to put the seed in the ground.  They are trying to get a lot of acres planted in a short amount of time, putting long hours in.  Please remember to slow down and be safe out there.

With April 11th past us, farmers will have full crop insurance coverage and replant coverage for their 2017 corn crop, as that date is the earliest date RMA allows farmers to plant corn to receive replant coverage. (April 21st is the earliest planting date for soybeans to receive full crop insurance coverage and replant coverage.) The 2” soil temperature read 50 degrees at the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca, MN on April 14, 2017, which is the temperature it takes to germinate corn seed.  With the wet forecast that is predicted farmers are going to be chomping at the bit to get into the field any chance they get.  Keep in mind that it can take three weeks for corn to germinate at 50-55 degrees soil temperature and only 10-12 days at 60 degrees.  That being said, try to be patient and not mud in your crop.

July 15th is the acreage reporting deadline for crop insurance.  I know this sounds like a long time away, but with planting and then spraying, the time slips away from you.  Please remember to go to the FSA offices and certify your acres first. Then bring your FSA 578’s to your crop insurance agent to report your acres.

When you’re sitting in the planter, it gives you a lot of time to reflect on your farming operation.  Now is the time to evaluate planting, spraying, or harvesting equipment, whether it needs replacing or upgrading to be more successful.  Coming off of a wet fall reminds us where we may have drainage problems in our fields.  Well drained fields play a huge factor in your crop yields, determines the planting conditions in spring and the ease of harvesting the crop in the fall.  Every operation is different.  Take the time this summer and sit down with your lender to determine the feasibility, the debt service, and pay back of your projects/purchases.  We always work hard to put together the best loan package that fits your needs.

Nobody knows what Mother Nature will bring us this year, but here’s to a safe and productive 2017!

By: Nick Peterson, Asst. Vice President

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2016 Spring Planting Reminders

spring plantingIt is official….Spring is really here and soon most farmers will be working hard to get their crops in.  As a reminder, early planting may help to maximize yield potential for corn and soybeans; however, planting too early can be detrimental to the crop.  Soil temperature and weather conditions should dictate when optimal planting should take place.

While checking temperatures and weather conditions, make sure to keep the following dates in mind:

Corn = Early Plant Date is April 11, 2016, Final Plant Date May 31, 2016                                 Soybeans = Early Plant Date is April 21, 2016, Final Plant Date, June 10, 2016

The above dates pertain to Southern Minnesota.  Always double-check with your MPCI agent to confirm.

Another important date to keep in mind is Acreage Reporting date of July 15, 2016.  Many times we get busy after planting and this date slips our minds; however, if after you finish planting you go right to the FSA office and certify your acres, drop off a copy of your 578’s and maps to your MPCI agent, you will be finished and on to the next project.

Happy Planting and we wish you a Safe Spring!

By:  Brian J. Shropshire,
Vice President

Spring Planting

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Spring is here, at least by the calendar. As I look outside, we are getting snow and the cold temperatures just don’t seem to want to leave us. We know, however, that it will change and we will be in the fields shortly. This is a very busy time of year as we get our start on planting this year’s crop. We all know that timing can be everything when it comes to optimum conditions.

Now that we have reviewed our crop insurance and have our best plan in place, we work hard to get machinery ready to get to the fields timely and plant in best ground conditions to give the crop its best start possible.

Just a couple reminders on key dates to remember: the earliest planting date for corn is April 11th and soybeans is April 21st. If you decide to plant ahead of these specified dates, you do lose replant benefits on those acres. Once the crop is planted and you certify your acres with FSA, those acres and planting dates need to be submitted for your crop insurance acreage report.

Spring tillage and planting time is always a great time to review future needs in your farming operation. Now is the time to analyze everything from low areas requiring additional tile, to tillage and planting equipment that need updating, enhancing or replacing. We see how, time and again, a good drainage system gives you certain efficiencies that pay rewards. Good planting conditions in the spring, being able to handle the large rainfall at one time and proper drainage at harvest time after a fall rain is key to the larger yields to be obtained. Tillage and planting equipment also have efficiencies that need to be considered. Trips over the field, proper seed bed and plant spacing all have impact on profit dollars. As always, every operation has to work with their lender for what is feasible for your size farming operation, debt load and a pay back analysis needs to be done. As always, we have your best interest in mind as we talk these things through and develop a loan package, if needed.

We look forward to a great 2013 crop year and wish the best for our farmers. Even though it is a busy, fast paced time of year, please remember to get your needed rest and stay safe.

By: Tim Hoscheit, Vice-President

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