Nebraska farmer: ‘Everything’s come together’ to start planting

Soybean planting is underway for a south-central Nebraska farmer.

“Planting conditions are great. This is the third year I planted my beans early, so we’ll see what this year brings,” says Jay Reiners of Juniata.

He says Mother Nature has cooperated the last two weeks. “After this winter, it started so nice then it got cold and snowy and 9-11 inches of rain a couple of weeks ago. Everything’s come together and it feels awful good to be back in a tractor,” he says

The Nebraska Corn Board member tells Brownfield this is the third year he’s started planting early in hopes of higher yields at harvest time.

“First year that I did it I got hailed out and so I had to throw that out the window. Last year we had spider mites, but where the spider mites didn’t get them, we had some really good beans,” Reiners says. “And I like starting early because I have seed corn and I’m in the first group so I like to make sure everything works.”

Reiners says the first day went as expected – lots of trips in and out of the tractor but is happy with the progress.

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