Posted on May 3, 2013 at 1:20 PM by Iowa Corn
Kevin Rempp, chairman of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board who raises corn and soybeans near Montezuma in Poweshiek County, was able to apply anhydrous at the beginning of this week but did not start planting corn.
“Most of my anhydrous was applied in the fall, but I had about a half-day of anhydrous left to complete. However, with the forecast of cold temperatures and rain and snow, we decided not to plant,” he says. “Some farmers in the area did start planting. We are hooked up and ready to go whenever it warms up and the fields are dry.”
Schools were delayed in Rempp’s area because of the snowfall.
“It’s just hard to believe it is May,” he says.
In eastern Iowa, Jim Greif of Monticello has not planted any corn although some area farmers planted earlier in the week. Snow has not fallen in his area but he received three-quarters of an inch of rain on Thursday night.
“I planted my oats this week. Most area farmers got their anhydrous applied and some of them started planting corn,” Greif says. “Soil temperatures this morning (Friday) were 42 degrees.”