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Iowa farmer wrapping up anhydrous applications

A corn farmer in northeast Iowa is nearly finished applying spring fertilizer.

Bob Hemesath of Decorah says he’s taking advantage of a mild end to winter.

“We got in the field the last day of March and started putting on anhydrous ammonia and been working since then. Had a little show this morning, but not enough to slow us down for more than an hour or two. But we’re hoping to finish up most of the anhydrous today.”

Fertilizer prices have skyrocketed the past few months, and Hemesath tells Brownfield he was fortunate to book all his anhydrous before the first of the year.

“I’ve heard about anhydrous prices that are $300 more than what we pre-paid for, so if you didn’t have it pre-paid it’s going to change your cost-of-production a little bit.”

The insurance date for corn in Iowa is April 11th, but Hemesath says it will probably be April 15th or later before he begins planting.

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