Mark Pettijohn

(Dustin) My name is Dustin Conrad. I work for Mark Pettijohn here on his Kansas Jag Farm. Today, we’re out planting some soybeans, trying to beat a big rain that’s coming our way. First part of May we started getting a lot of rain. Up until right now we’ve had over eight inches in our local area. We finished up April with planting some corn and doing a little bit of side dressing and we’re starting in with beans and we’re trying to stay ahead of the game, trying to stay on target. Last year we started planting beans about the 20th. But they have predicted more rain for the month of May, so we’re taking available time here to get a little bit of the beans planted in the ground. This year on our farm we decided to plant at 120,000 population for soybeans. Typically, we usually plant about 140,000. We did some research with K-State boys last year on population studies with corn, with some soybeans, milo and we decided to plant this year at 120,000. They kind of proved that it was more of an effective unit to plant, or effective rate. And it could potentially raise the same yields with less input costs. And we decided to go with a lower rate this year, beings that the markets are down quite a bit from a year ago. On our farm we run an 85/30 and a 17/70 end seed planter, and an 1890 air cart, a fast tolling coulter. It’s all integrated with rate controllers. We run 26/30s in tractor and sprayers. And we like the efficiency of the guidance and the rate control. And we think it saves a lot of time and fuel and seeding rates, chemical application and it’s just a more efficient way to manage time and seeding rates and chemical applications all in all. After May concludes starting into the month of June, hopefully we’ll be planting milo, doing some double crop a little bit later in the month, after the wheat comes off, with double crop corn, double crop beans, and sunflowers. We’re doing some cover crop seeding, doing a lot of rolling coulter stuff. We’ll be doing a lot of side dressing. (Mark) I’m Mark Pettijohn, we’re trying to finish a… we’re trying to begin and finish a soybean field today. And obviously, if you can see the rain we’re not gonna make it. We’re probably half done with this 80. We’ve had probably eight or nine inches of rain this month. And this soil is very forgiving. And I can hear thunder right now and it’s probably going to get another inch tonight they say. So, it’s probably the only beans in the area in the ground. I’ve seen none up. The Smokey Hill River is right behind me, so there’s real good soil here so we can get on here. We’re probably not doing anywhere close to a good job, but the rain will kind of compensate for that. And we’ll feel good about at least trying out the equipment.

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