XtremeAg’s Matt Miles plants his first 50 acres of soybeans. Kelly Garrett wants to get started earlier than usual. Kevin Matthews works through supply chain problems as he prepares for planting.
MATT MILES – MCGEHEE ARKANSAS
Matt Miles is a fourth generation farmer in southeast Arkansas who cultivates corn, soybeans rice, cotton and other crops.
As we were making plans for this weekend, I needed to search Google for extreme definitions. Extreme is “furthest from the center or a given point; outermost”. XtremeAg sometimes does something just to prove or disprove it can. I texted all my partners and told them my thoughts and one of them said, “If you are going to do it twice, you need to start early,” and one of my planter operators, who is also a landowner and great friend of mine said, “I hate to see you waste money.” You are probably wondering what in the world I was planning to do?
Two weeks ago, we were 30 days from planting. Every year we try to do something that’s unique to my area win or lose, just to see if it can be done. On Saturday, February 19, we planted our first bean field in southeast Arkansas. Robb Dedman (my crop consultant) asked my team if they were going to do it at Vardemen. I said, “No sir! If we are going to do this, we don’t need to hide it.” Instead of planting early beans on a field that was more or less hidden from public view, we decided to put it all out there and plant on the field right next to the highway. All our neighbors and friends can see how the experiment is progressing or if it falls flat. If we are going to put our necks on the chopping block, let’s do it for all to see!
We think we have a good chance of making it work, provided that the rains predicted for this week don’t cause too much damage. I hope it works, and I really hope it doesn’t cause a divorce since the field we chose is the farm that my wife grew up on. It’s only 50 acres. If we can’t make it work then it will be a lesson worth learning. Either way, I’ll have something to talk about so stay tuned to XtremeAg.farm for updates on our progress.
KELLY GARTT – ARION (IOWA)
Kelly Garrett is a fifth-generation farmer who farms winter wheat, soybeans and corn in western Iowa.
I was able to travel to Ames, Iowa last week for a meeting with the Iowa State Agronomy Team. We discussed the possibility to collaborate on some research trials for this year. I’m especially excited about working with them on some stress mitigation trials.
It’s the end of February and Matt Miles has already started planting beans. I will begin planting in a month, which will be about a week earlier than usual. Matt and I both believe we can push the planting date forward and get a higher yield by using stress mitigation products like Accomplish Max and Shield from Integrated Ag Solutions.
As many of you know, I’ve been itching to plant soybeans earlier and earlier every year. I tried planting 35 acres last year of soybeans in December, thinking they might get an early start. They didn’t. But you don’t learn unless you try.
Some parts of the midwest have seen snow, but we’ve been very dry. We can plant earlier, but I am concerned by the lack of moisture in the sub soil. I would like to have some moisture before we go into the field.
KEVIN MATTHEWS – EAST BEND NORTH CAROLINA
Kevin and Cindy are the owners and operators of Matthews Family Farms of North Carolina, Inc., Precision Nutrient Management, Inc., Deep Creek Grain, Inc., East Bend and Yadkinville.
Our wheat crop looks good. One top-dress application has been completed. The next one will be completed in the next two week. As the weather permits, we will combine this second application with a herbicide.
It’s been a real busy time. It seems like there is little time to spare, regardless of the season. The shops are full as we haul grain and fertilizer. Nearly every day another truck enters the shop for repairs or maintenance. Our planters are also being maintained. Two of our corn planters will be updated using the toolbar back. We have pallets of parts scattered around the shop and sheds. Because of supply chain issues, we receive a lot partial shipments. It’s very frustrating not getting complete shipments.
I had the pleasure of taking the team to Louisville Kentucky’s National Farm Machinery show this week. It was great to be able to visit with fellow farmers and agribusiness associates who keep us going throughout the year, despite all the supply chain problems. The show was plagued by supply problems as John Deere didn’t have a combine and only a 8R Tractor from a dealership. Fendt showed off a used combine in their booth. Something you rarely see at the show, but this just shows you how tough it’s been with the supply chain issue challenges everyone is facing.
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Source: Successful Farming