Mike Lutmer, April 25

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest My twin brother Chris and I run the farming operation along with a trucking operation for mostly agricultural commodities. We help our parents too and they run a few hundred acres. The combination is right around 1,000 acres with corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. We have around 100 acres of wheat and around 200 acres of hay. It keeps us hopping and then some.The hay is not hateful right now. It looks pretty good and the wheat doesn’t look too bad. There is some wheat that looks really good and some of it is not too hot, depending on the moisture and when it was planted.We keep wheat in the rotation because we used to move a lot of straw and we like to do double-crop soybeans. It is getting harder and harder to find straw and we have a good market for it.We have just gotten started with planting. I’ve talked to some guys who have a few hundred acres in — some more than that — and we are just getting a good start. We finished a bunch of ground yesterday and I hope to get some planted today.I think we are in pretty good shape with moisture. Some of the soil was on the dry side but most of our clay soils are spot on what they should be. We no-till some and we run a vertical till and we’ll chisel plow some ground when we need to. I prefer mostly minimum till and we’ll do a burndown and hit it once or twice.Everybody around here is off to a pretty good start.last_img

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