Farmer’s Not Giving Up Hope Yet

Roy Arends in Alexander, IA

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Alexander, IA – Roy Arends isn’t giving up yet.

“Well we planted some corn last Saturday and last Monday and conditions were super, and now it snowed so everything is on hold,” said Arends.

While it might not impact his freshly planted seeds too much, he is a bit worried.

“The seed we planted is a concern because watering our crop with ice water is never good,” said Arends.

But he says it’s a matter of keeping an open mind.

“We’d like to have corn planted by May 1st. If we don’t get it till May 10th it’s not a big deal or May 15th it’s because it will be planted two weeks later than normally inductive of poor yields,” said Arends.

Rick Pleggenkuhle, with the Cerro Gordo County Iowa State University Extension Office, couldn’t agree more.

But he says it’s hard to keep it in perspective, especially when you look back to last planting season.

“Especially compared to last year, last year we got into the fields real early this year we are a little bit behind I guess overall may or may not affect the yields,” said Pleggenkuhle.

Pleggenkuhle says that even if the snow isn’t ideal, it can still help.

“Could always use the moisture of course but our soil profile has improved significantly so I think right now the farmers would prefer to get in the field and see some of this moisture after its planted,” said Pleggenkuhle.

For Arends he tells us this crazy start to planting season is just another year he’ll remember during his farming days.

“In agriculture you get thrown eight balls all the time. It rains too much, it doesn’t rain enough, it hails, the wind blows. We’re subject to mother nature,” said Arends.

But Arends isn’t just a farmer; he is also a Board Directors Iowa Soybean Association.

And he says another thing for farmers to look forward to is this year’s global market exports of corn and soybeans.

You could call it an export boom.

Both exports are doing better than they have in years.

“Its wonderful, China is taking so many soybeans and the world is short of protein generally.  So we’re enjoying huge exports in soybeans and proteins,” said Arends.

Arends says with the middle class rising, higher income is increasing which means more need for protein.

He adds the future is looking quite bright for soybeans.

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