Two neighboring farms planted within 1 day of each other; what happened?
Good farmer, better farmer
This aerial photo from a reader offers a lesson from this wet spring. Two neighboring northeast Iowa fields, managed differently:
- Both fields were planted within 1-2 days of each other.
- The field on the right is well tiled.
- The field on the left recently changed ownership. It has little to no tile, and has been farmed left to right (as shown in the photo) in the past. Now it's farmed top to bottom.
There was some replanting; perhaps not enough. The right-hand field has a 200-bu. continuous-corn yield average and is Floyd and Kenyon loam. The photo was taken in late July.
Things are always so clear in hindsight; what are your thoughts about the contrast in these neighboring farms?