A dry fall sets up a nice planting season for an Arkansas farmer

Northeast Arkansas farmer Brad Doyle says planting will look a little bit different on his farm this year, and he’s okay with that.  “We were fortunate enough to have a dry harvest,” he says.  “So we’re going to be able to no-till a lot of our soybeans which we haven’t been able to do in the past.  That dry harvest means no rutting.  In my part of the world, where it’s extremely flat, it’s going to be nice to not have to burn that diesel fuel this spring.”

He tells Brownfield they’d like planters to start rolling around April 10th, as long as he has a good burndown program.  “And have access to those herbicides we need to control the winter weeds and that pre-emerge program that we will desperately need to control in my area palmer pigweed,” he says. 

But, Doyle says, he’s unsure if the product will be delivered on time.  “They are paid for, but they are not fully delivered,” he says.  “Most farmers can store crop protection products on pallets and totes in their shops. But storing fertilizer is another challenge.”

Doyle also serves as the president of the American Soybean Association and Brownfield interviewed him at the recent Commodity Classic in New Orleans.

AUDIO: Brad Doyle, Arkansas farmer, president American Soybean Association

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