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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

The CME editors point out that much of the hoopla in the media about the late cron planting in the upper midwest may not translate into bad news for livestock and poultry producers.

This year’s planting progress as of week 17 (May 1 this year) is the fourth lowest on record.  The previous three very slow years provided two below-trend yields (1993 and 1995) and one yield (2008) that was about 2 bushels/acre higher than the 1960-2010 trend.

The 1994 yield was well above trend after over 40% of the acres were planted by May 1. In 2000, the yield was very close to trend and, of course, last year’s record planting pace resulted in a rather disappointing below-trend yield.
The correlation of yield and May 1 progress is barely over 50%.We must also remember that the technology is VASTLYbetter now. Huge planters cover large swathes of ground on each pass. Global positioning systems allow around-the-clock planting. Recall that 60% of last year’s acres were planted in a three-week period beginning in mid-April. We should see dramatic gains given this week’s dryer, warmer weather.


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