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0408 FG: In your own words... how is the production season going?

Published on 15 August 2008

Q. How is the 2008 production season going for your operation?
“This is the first year we have ever had to replant our bottom areas three times.

If we have a perfect later summer and fall, we will be fine, but we just can’t take much more of this kind of weather.You can only run a piece of equipment so many times across a field before inputs have eroded any profits we could have made.”

George Holsapple
Jewett, Illinois

“The biggest problem has been the weather, but all in all, it has been a pretty good season. I have seen worse in the past, but I think most people in my area are grateful that we didn’t have to deal with the floods as there have been in other areas.

We had a late start, but that is something we can still overcome with time.”

Gary Tiefenthaler
Carroll, Iowa

“This year has been fantastic for us. It is the best year we have had in a long time and the weather in our area has been perfect. I feel for those in the flood and drought areas, but I am excited for what we have been able to do so far this year.

I hope things continue to go well with our marketing and sales.”

Darrick Plummer
Geneva, Indiana

“For growing hay, it has been a very slow start this year. Cool weather will keep us down a cutting this year and the other crops, especially corn, are really needing some good temperatures to catch up to where they need to be.

The rain hasn’t been too bad for us, but good weather is really needed right now for everyone.”

William Totemeier
New London, Iowa