Record Setting Planting in April in Central Indiana

In central Indiana one farmer thinks the amount of crops planted in the month of April is probably a record amount. In a HAT Field Update Thursday afternoon John Hussey in Tipton County said it has been a very busy month.

“Ordinarily we get a few days stretch where we can work in April, and this year we got almost the entire month to work, so there’s been more crops planted this year in April probably ever in history.”

Hussey says that means almost all of the corn is planted in his part of the state, and nearly 3/4th of the soybeans.

“I believe commercial corn is probably 90 percent planted in this area, maybe a little bit more than that. Seed corn is not as fast to go in. They don’t release that corn to be planted as early as commercial corn, so most of that started this week in seed corn. There is a lot of seed corn raised in this area. And there’s a lot of soybeans planted. I would say we’re getting up near 70 percent of the beans planted in the area.”

Hussy got word this week that seed beans grown in Argentina are slow coming to the U.S. because of the weather affecting the crops there. He said those deliveries won’t arrive for another 2 to 3 weeks.

Hussey added there has been some frost damage to some of the corn on and near his farm but soybeans look ok. He talks more about crop condition and progress in the HAT Field Update at the Agronomy page, sponsored by Advanced Ag Solutions.[audio:|titles=John Hussey on record April]

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