The untold story of this year’s unusual wet planting season, is stuck, broken down, equipment in the field. This year, farmers in the Midwest had no shortage of planting stress. With most of the focus on weekly crop progress reports, weather and the China trade talks, farmers in the field have a more mainstay reason to be on edge. Heavy, expensive equipment not finding its way out of the field by itself.
Pre-planting was do-able for some farmers although, for others not so much. Most of planting was a guessing game as to whether the equipment was going to make it in the field, let alone out of the field.
A farmer out of Iowa recalls feeling defeated after getting into the field, not because he wasn’t able to plant but because he was in the field planting on less than ideal conditions. He says he felt overcome, leaving him with concerns on whether or not his crop was going to turn up this year.
Down time, on top of delayed planting is just one more thing that seems to only be costing farmer’s time and money this year. FirestoneAg estimated how much downtime in the field and delayed planting can cost farmers as $615 every hour at standstill. This estimate is based on today’s commodity prices and has jumped from last year, which was estimated at $507 an hour.
In these types of conditions soil health is compromised as well. Heavy equipment breaking up soil or getting stuck only creates roots and compaction, not ideal for emerging yields.
Trending on Twitter this year is #NoPlant19, which has farmers taking to social media to share their luck of mud stuck farm equipment and soggy fields, still in the middle of June. One farmer from the Northern Minnesota area says social media is one way he has connected with other farmers sharing the same story he has heard all too often this year.