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Indiana farmer says technology helps with tight planting windows

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Indiana farmer says technology helps with tight planting windows

A west-central Indiana farmer says high-speed planters are helping him cover more acres as wet weather has shortened his planting window.

Kevin Cox, president of the Indiana Soybean Alliance, says technological advances have changed his approach to crop management. “In my father’s day, when you could cross the field, you sowed regardless of the weather forecast,” he says. “So with this technology we can cultivate many hectares in a very short time. We can focus a little more on the weather forecast and plant whenever we know there's no cold rain coming, or temperatures are going to drop a lot, or something like that.”

Cox says he can focus more on field conditions. “It’s a completely different philosophy than we’ve ever had before, so that’s kind of the direction we want to go,” he says.

According to the USDA's most recent crop report, only 8% of corn and soybean crops were grown in Indiana. Both are behind last year's pace and the 5-year average.

Anna Harden

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