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Planting is finally complete for Nancy Rys. The Land spoke to Rys on June 14 as she reported she finished planting soybeans on June 9. “It’s a strong couple weeks that we’re behind.” The first beans have popped through and are looking good.

“We did a fair amount of replant of corn. The fields are going to look a little off with V2, V3 and corn just emerging,” Rys said. With the corn all in what is needed to get everything really growing is some heat and unfortunately there isn’t enough of that in the forecast.  “We got a lot of growing season ahead of us, we need a lot of heat,” Rys said.

There’s rain again in the forecast, but fortunately the fields are looking much better. “The soil conditions have really improved.”

In the next few weeks, Rys plans on cleaning up machinery, getting all the seed that didn’t sell shipped back and cleaning up the seed business.

While all the crops are in, Rys wishes the calendar said May and not June. The crops are behind and there’s rain and no real heat in sight. Rys is hoping for warmer temperatures and a break in the wet weather to get the crops to really take off.

“I just finished up spraying our corn.” The Land spoke with John Haarstad on June 14 as he was happy to have his corn all sprayed. Unfortunately rain is in the forecast for next week. “It should make spraying beans interesting.”

The corn is about two weeks behind average for this time of year. “We do need sunshine,” Haarstad said. He plans on starting to spray soybeans at the end of next week and will continue spraying the following week.

The beans are looking really good. Haarstad attributes that to planting them at the same time he planted corn. “We got a good jump start on them.” By planting them then Haarstad feels that the beans are right on schedule this year.

“I’m hoping to get some tiling done today for a neighbor,” Haarstad said. When he’s finished with that, he’ll be doing some tiling of his own fields. He’s also going to spend some time these next few weeks helping his brother with the excavating business. Perhaps most importantly he’s going to go to his son’s baseball games as planting has made it difficult to get to the games this spring.

There’s concern about the lack of warm temperatures for the crops; though there are good things happening as well. “The uptick in the market has been a positive for us.” Haarstad’s hoping that more good news in the form of warmer weather will be coming soon!

“It’s looking up.” The Land spoke with Dale Bissen on June 10 as he was thrilled to report planting was complete. “We finished beans on Saturday.” Bissen initially started planting soybeans two weeks ago; but rain delays (including a one and a half inch rain event on June 4) made getting the beans in the ground a challenge.

“The corn looks beautiful, it’s emerging nicely.” The heat this past week definitely helped move the corn along. “We need to get spraying, the weeds are coming.”  Bissen plans on putting nitrogen down at the end of this week. He’ll also be busy cleaning up and putting planting equipment away.

The forecast calls for cooler weather and a chance for rain on Wednesday. The rain would be welcome. “Keep it moist so the rest of the beans can come up.”

“We’re a little behind.” Bissen usually has beans planted by June 1. Even with the delay in getting the beans in the ground, Bissen is feeling good. “We feel fortunate here.” He believes this area is one of the best spots in the country right now as they’ve been able to get the crop in — which can’t be said for parts of the United States. The lack of planting in those areas caused corn prices to rise. “We sold some $4 new crop corn.” The crops are in, prices are up, and what Bissen hopes is a successful growing season is now underway.

We got back in the field early in the week.” The Land spoke with Brandon Fast on June 7 as he was happy to report that corn planting is complete. “We finished corn on Wednesday,” Fast said. He started soybeans that same day. He expects to be done planting beans by tomorrow night.

Five inches of rain fell Memorial Day weekend, but the heat and wind dried the fields out quickly. After that rain, Fast was able to get back in the field and get planting. “This is probably the fastest pace, smoothest week of the spring,” Fast said. The weather cooperated that week for Fast to get five straight days of planting in. Though he did have to switch 250 acres of corn to a 95-day hybrid, he was planning on planting 102- to 105-day hybrids.

Fast expects to start to replant corn this next week. “We’ll have to replant some of the drowned-out spots.” In about two weeks Fast will begin spraying corn. He also plans on side dressing nitrogen soon. “We want to get the beans sprayed by the fourth of July.”

While Fast is relieved to finally have (almost) finished planting this year, he wishes he got everything in the ground sooner. “We’re about a month behind.” Though the heat has definitely helped get the crops going. “Things are starting to come around,” Fast said. The beans are being planting in good conditions which Fast is happy about. “I feel a lot better than two weeks ago.”