Angela "Annie" Dee, Aliceville, Alabama
- Ground Work
Farm: Annie grows corn, soybeans, wheat and rye and raises beef cattle with her brother, two sons and niece in Aliceville, Alabama. They practice extensive use of cover crops to improve the overall soil health. She and her husband, Ed, have five children, Rachel, Seth, Jesse, Mary and Martha, and five grandchildren. This is Annie’s third year as a USB director.
Due to the amount of rain we have received this week, unfortunately I don’t think we’ll be able to do anything in the fields. We have planted around a quarter of our corn so far, but we had hoped to have it all planted in March. We should have started planting our soybeans by now, but we are not close to doing that yet since the ground is just not dry enough. Every four or five days, it rains again. Each time, it dries out quickly, but then we get hit by lots more rain. This planting season is beginning a lot like last year.
I want international customers of U.S. soy to know that, to have optimum yield, we will have to get planted soon. The current weather pattern could affect the yield of soybeans grown in the Southeast. We will have to get our corn planted first, and then shift to beans after that.