I saw the first corn planters I’ve seen in the field this weekend … and they were moving. The cold spring has finally let up and we can expect those single-digit planting progress reports to change quite a bit this week. There is a slight chance of rain midweek and into the weekend, but this past weekend, the ground finally had a chance to dry.

The 70-plus degree days have helped considerably, as well as the light wind. I was surprised Saturday how much the ground dried out just in one day. I drove by one field where the farmer tilled in the morning, and by late afternoon, it looked like it could be tilled once more and planted.

Hopefully the warmer days are here to stay. The winter wheat could definitely use the heat right now. Most of it is several weeks behind and some of it is still yellow from all the moisture.

Of course it is no surprise that every field is different — different soil types, elevation and soil structure — and there are many low-lying fields that will nee more time. But it’s always a welcome sight when the planters are in the field — actually moving — and seeds are going into the ground.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service provides a weekly crop progress report that will be released today at 4 p.m. I look forward to seeing the numbers, because I expect they will be much better than last week, when just 2 percent of Ohio corn was planted, and only 5 percent in the corn states.

How have things been at your farm? Are you finally kicking up some dust?

Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties.
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