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Dry weather speeds up field work for MO farmer

It’s been extremely dry where Mark Scott farms at Wentzville, Missouri, near St. Louis. Scott says on February 27th, his farm got two-tenths of an inch of rain, “It’s the first precipitation we’ve actually had since before the first of the year.”

The dry and warm weather last month HAS allowed him to get a lot of field work done, “If the weather don’t change from the cycle we’re in – right now, I have all my dry fertilizer on. I’ve actually done a lot of tillage. I’ve been chisel plowing and it’s been working real well.”

He’s sticking with his normal rotation and this is the year his plans call for more beans. BUT, he tells Brownfield, “I’m not changing any of my corn acres to beans.”

The basis price of corn has been higher in his area than other areas of Missouri and he credits that to his close proximity to the Mississippi River.

Scott is the vice president of the Missouri Corn Growers Association and spoke with Brownfield at Commodity Classic in San Antonio.


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