Northern Iowa farmer looks to make #Plant20 short and sweet
A north-central Iowa farmer says he could be done planting by the first week of May.
Josh Nelson of Belmond tells Brownfield this spring has been a nice change of pace after cool, wet starts to the past couple of growing seasons.
“The planting conditions are excellent, the soil is working up very nicely. We’ve got a jump compared to last year, or the last several years actually.”
With most of his corn in the ground, Nelson says he hopes the April planting dates lead to good yields in the fall.
“We’ve got a nice, straight time to run, and the soil conditions are great for planting both corn and soybeans. I think that’s going to give the crop a great jump-start, which I think is going to be pretty important if these prices stay as low as they are.”
Nelson says his rotation isn’t changing much, adding it’s kind of a tossup as far as what they plant and what’s going to be profitable in 2020.