Farmers are busy planting – or replanting – throughout the month of May.

Certainly, the climate and weather have a lot to do with this.  For many Illinois farmers, their corn was planted in one perfect week in early May, but then heavy rains and now drowning corn seedlings have forced farmers to rip out fields and replant.  And for some, the fields STILL aren’t dry enough to replant or even plant the first time!

But if you’re interested in what Illinois corn farmers are doing this time of year, you’ll want to check out this video.  It’s a 360-degree look at how one of our farmers, Justin Durdan of Utica, plants his corn.

If viewing the video on a desktop, click and drag your mouse. If viewing the video on mobile, open the video in the YouTube app to experience the full 360° view.

Spring is SUCH an important season for farmers.  Certainly there are many risks along the way – not enough rain, too much rain, too hot, bug and disease pressure – but if the corn never gets in the ground or doesn’t get off to a good start, the rest of the growing season is plagued with problems, problems, and more problems.

If you’d like to check out more farmers and their planting stories, simply search #plant17.  Farmers all over the country are posting photos, videos, and blogs about the 2017 planting season on their farms!

Lindsay Mitchell
ICGA/ICMB Marketing Director

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