February Corn and Beans
7 Mar 236 min 44 sec

Matt and Layne Miles break down their decision to plant not only beans, but also corn as early as February.  Have they gone crazy? Not exactly. They talk about what they learned last season and what they hope to learn this season.

00:00 we planted this on on February 20th, and I thought they would be what you about said something not even about to correct 00:10 me. No, I know. It's a 20th. I did not about to absolutely I know it was the 20 you made a funny sound. I may have burped or something. Would you burp would you fart not maybe 00:19 both? anyway You farted. Hey guys, this is Matt miles. Got a little special guest with me today. 00:28 My Venture here from I don't know where you're from where you from across the driveway across the driveway. Yeah there there we go. So now it's me and laying here today. Just 00:37 a little sneak peek of something we did last week. Everybody asked all time about the February crop. So we really 00:43 wanted to try to get another field in this year for research. So actually we want to get a field of corn and a field of beans 00:50 both this year. So Monday the 20th. We had a small Bean field planted 28 Acres come a shower that night. 00:58 It was Wednesday before we were here. We're in the cornfield now kind of checking it out. So on the 01:04 22nd, we planted a 45 acre Field of Corn. So this is just kind of a there's nothing up yet. The Corn's got a probably a two inch Sprout on it got the 01:13 shoot coming out the side had pretty decent weather. Like I said, we've had a little rain but you know, nothing major the 01:19 temperatures have been pretty good A couple of cold nights a lot of people laugh at us about this and and we laugh at ourselves most 01:25 of the time too, but it's fun to kind of do a little bit of research. I'm not betting the whole Bank. We're not betting the whole Bank on, you know, 60 70 Acres of crop, but maybe 01:35 we'll find something good out of it plan on putting a bean crop in behind that when we harvest the corn and the beans both 01:41 so we'll see how it goes kind of where we're at right now. We've got a split of a test plot that we had and here where we're 01:50 standing. We did no in Furrow on the other side. We we did in Furrow. We've got a humic full of it when 01:58 some micros a little bit of pop-up fertilizer. We've got some sugar some pgr and a phosphorus inhibitor. So, 02:09 you know, that's a test that we talked about that we had that we put in ourselves. Every now and then, you know, we we have some that 02:17 are that are self-inflicted. So yeah self-inflicted test Bots got in here with the planner 02:23 start planting we're digging behind. You know digging behind the planter plant are still rolling and we get a few acres in and and we've got a boo-boo. We're 02:32 we're planting two low population. Probably what about half something like that about half population 16,000 and it's one setting in a monitor where we didn't swap 02:41 from beans from last year to Corn this year in one spot. Did it in did it in one monitor didn't do it in the other monitor 02:48 and lo and behold we got 16,000 and we decided we go again get our single row planter and we got you know, we did a little bit of video on Triple row last year. So we got a 02:57 a self-inflicted self inflicted triple rope lot. Yep. So we end up with a plot of triple row and it may all be space the same it may 03:06 all be space separate. It may make a hundred Bush on it may make 250 bushel. We don't know we got our fingers crossed. 03:12 It'll look cool. It may not yield cool, but it'll look cool. So that's right. You know, sometimes it's better about looking cool than it is being cool. So 03:20 hopefully we're looking cool and being cool both. Let's go look at the beans. I'm hoping we'll have a few few scattered beans up. 03:26 We planted these beans on on February the 20th, which had been a week ago from last Monday. I thought we'd come out here today and have a 03:35 full stand but we're just about a day away from having a full stand where we could roll the roller crop. Now, it's supposed 03:41 to get cold tomorrow night. So I kind of hope we get to stand up before it gets cold. But if because they'll stop stop growing some but I really think we're 03:50 gonna have really good luck on this we planted the beans on February 18th Last year took them 30 days to come up. So we 03:56 planted them on February 20th. She'll be up by March 1st last year, you know I said, that could be a good deal bad deal last year. They 04:05 we plant them on February 20th. I didn't come up till about March 20th. So they were on the ground through some of the severe weather. We're not 04:11 showing a bunch of bad weather in the 15 day forecast. So I hope it's better. But you know, there's a chance that it would 04:19 be better if they stayed in the ground longer took longer to come up something we do on a beans that we add to those beans that we don't add to 04:26 everything else. We did to February B's last year. This is a temple roads thing is a is two 04:32 ounces of pre-axors. We don't infer all our beans but if we're planting something this early we feel like we have no choice but to keep that plant healthy while it's under the ground. 04:41 As it gets warmer that it's not as important at that plant as that healthy under the ground. We did leave out a check like we did in the corn in the info 04:50 and this time it's it's more to for our our knowledge in general because we like you said, we don't know that in for our works all the time on beans. So 04:59 so like I said, we left that out in the end for our we ran up some humic phobics some sugar pgr the phosphorus 05:08 inhibitor and and the pre-axore. Yeah. It depends on the the area in like Temple has very good look at out of infer home 05:17 soybeans but something he told me the other day. He said I always know what your plant needs at a certain time if you've got a balance fertility program, maybe that's why 05:26 I hope that's why I am fair is not working. Right? We're not working as well. You know, he's in a fertility management 05:32 and Chesapeake Bay. So there's certain things that he's lacking it planting time that that maybe we're not so when we say that Ampharos not really working a whole lot 05:41 for us. You know where everybody's in a different situation. So we're still working with things and I'm gonna take his 05:47 idea and figure out what our plant needs the worst at this time instead of just the basic info. We may figure out that there's something out here that we can do. 05:55 We spray our herbicides on a normal basis behind our Planters. So if if we're spraying herbicides, we can't put out the infer. So 06:04 if we do put out an inferral then we've got to turn around and bring a sprayer in here behind the Planters. We do a one-pass shot of 06:10 our burn down. I say are burned down our pre-merge and plant our soybeans all at the same time where when we put an 06:19 infero out we've got to add a trip to that by bringing the sprayer in behind that so it's got it, you know when we're doing an Roi on an info. It's also 06:28 got to pay for the trip the extra trip that we have to run with the sprayer. So we're still working on that. I'm definitely not discrediting inferrows in a soybean 06:37 program. We just got to find that sweet spot where it is for us.

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