Southwest Minnesota Growers Looking to Hit the Fields Mid-April

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
By: Kris Norwood, Communications
2016 Planting Season Update: Southwest Minnesota

Stay connected with what’s going on in the field during #plant16 through this series of brief interviews with Crop Science sales reps in various regions. Keep checking back for more!

2016 Planting Season Update: Q&A with Torrey Sharkey, Field Sales Representative at Crop Science, a Division of Bayer.

Bayer Southwest Minnesota Field Rep, Torrey Sharkey

Torrey Sharkey

Based in: 
Redwood Falls, Minnesota

Sales Territory:
Southwest Minnesota

Key Crops in Territory:
Canned crops (sweet corn, peas)
Sugar beets

Torrey Sharkey helps a farmer at an open house for a new seed and chemical facility on March 16.

What’s your weather been like?

“We had some nice weather the past couple of weeks, in the 50s and 60s. The snow has melted for the most part. You might find a little pile in some places, like a drainage ditch, but there’s no snow on the fields. Typically from here on out, if it snows, it will be heavy wet snow that won’t stick around. We were probably below average on snow this winter because the hard winter really didn’t start until after the first of the year. January and February were fairly cold and normal, but the last couple of weeks have been warm, and everybody is getting spring fever!”

Is there any planting going on?

“We’re still at least 15 days from planting corn. Farmers will plant corn first, and then soybeans. Sometimes, they’re at the same time, but typically the farmers get more concerned about putting the corn into the ground as fast as they can. Usually around April 10th to 15th, farmers will try getting in the field, but that will be determined in the next few weeks. The frost is mostly of out of the ground, and we usually have some spring rains throughout April.  If the ground temperatures warm up by April 10th or April 15th that’s when farmers will hit the fields.”

What’s top on growers’ minds in your area this year?

“The two biggest concerns this year: commodity prices and weed control. With the weed control, it’s resistance concerns – mostly resistance to water hemp. Farmers are looking at their weed management plans to include a herbicide with no known weed resistance.”

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