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Ohio farmer not concerned with sluggish start to planting

Planting is underway for central Ohio farmer Allen Ett.  “We started planting beans actually yesterday,” he says.  “Last night we got started and then going today.  We haven’t planted any corn yet – soils are just starting to dry out.  It’s been a little slow.”

He tells Brownfield they’ll keep their 50/50 corn and soybean rotation – but that is not the case for several farmers in his area.  “We do have a lot of guys in our area that have switched acres from corn to beans,” he says.  “That was planned before we ever got into spring because of the economics of the bean price compared to the corn price.”

While the weather has delayed some field activities – Ett says they’ve had the opportunity to get some fieldwork done.  “We actually have accomplished a good bit of pre on the spraying – residual and what not,” he says.  “We probably got about 2/3 of our corn chemicals down.  We just started that last Friday and hit it hard Friday and Saturday.”

He says rain is in the forecast this week and their plan is to plant soybeans until then.  Ett says they’ll start with corn after the system moves through.

AUDIO: Allen Ett, Ashville, Ohio

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