Seed rep: Indiana 2017’s worst for planting difficulty
Parts of the Corn Belt have dried out after too much rain earlier in the planting season. Stine seed sales director Michael Smith tells Brownfield Ag News this is the most difficult season he’s seen in his two decades in this business. He doesn’t hesitate when pinpointing the worst difficulty.
“Just from the sheer number of replants and the difficulty in getting product to where it needs to be, from my estimation, I would say that Indiana’s probably the worst, Central Indiana, that I have seen,” said Smith, who directs Stine Seed sales east of the Mississippi River, but was speaking about the Corn Belt at large.
He says seed distribution has kept up in the face of frequent replanting, but certain situations near Indianapolis were not easy.
“They replanted corn once, and then they had to go back with soybeans,” said Smith, “and these are unplanned soybeans; that’s where the difficulty comes in.”
Smith spoke to Brownfield at a Balance GTLL Soybean Experience Tour event near Forrest City, Arkansas.
AUDIO: Michael Smith, Stine Seed (3 min. MP3)