Funny, how we can go from too much rain, to desperately needing rain. Our crops are still holding their own, but definitely showing signs of lack of water. The one advantage although minor is that in a week we will have basically no manure left to haul except for the manure the cows produce, and that is always a good feeling.
We joke that we could get an inch of rain and the ground would still be dry.
I should add we had a successful wheat harvest, pretty decent yields and no real issues with vomitoxin. The only dissapointment was that we had to work through 4th of July weekend, but I guess that is farming.
Saturday, June 12 - 0.5 inches;
Sunday, June 13 - 0.25 inches;
Rain in the forecast all week, will it ever stop?
Side dressed another 330 acres of corn before the rain friday. We have now side dressed a little over 750 acres of the 1100 planted in late april. The corn is getting taller and conditions are getting tougher. Lets hope for another dry week soon, we need to finish side dressing our Aprli planting soon.
2nd cutting Alfalfa looks to be another big one, I guess that is one advantage of all the rain we've been getting.
Well, another rain delay in the works. If you live in our vicinity, you are well aware of the downpour we had Friday night. Everything seems to be stacking up on us, we have corn and soybeans to plant, Alfalfa to harvest, and would love to run our pivots a little. We have hardly even had time to mow all of our lawns. What a year! (By the way, our rain totals are online at Wunderground.com under the Personal Weather Station info)
This year we decided to purchase a some Alfalfa from Bruce Moody (Moody and Crew) in Fremont, Indiana and Sand Creek Farm near Adrian, Michigan. Moody and Crew mowed some Alfalfa and were getting ready to chop Friday in an attempt to beat the rain. Well, the rain hit early and the 40% chance of 0.5 inch rapidly turned into 3.5 inches. So we will have to wait for the sun to dry this alfalfa out, before we can finish it. If all goes well, and the fields are dry enough to handle the equipment we will start mowing Alfalfa near Adrian, Michigan on Monday.
If we have a good week to get the fields dry, we might be able to start planting by Friday, but that is a really BIG "if." Luckily, it appears NOAA has taken the rain out of the forecast for Friday. It might just be a working Memorial Day Weekend, but lets hope we still all get to enjoy part of the weekend. Especially since it appears there might be a few high school graduations for our employee's to attend.
And Congrats to the Seniors that are Graduating this year!
The last two days we have been fortunate enough to run two planters. An Edgerton, Oh area farmer finished his planting, and has been helping us. It appear's this help has pushed us from planiting around 200 acres to around 300 acres of corn a day. Not to mention the soybeans, we've been drilling all the while. As of this morning we have around 1100 acres of corn planted, just about half way on the corn acres. Not bad for four and a half days of planting.
Due the the dairy component of our operation we are heavy corn planters, this year as in most years we are planting about 2300 acres of corn and 440 acres of soybeans. Thus the large focus on corn planting in my blog on corn.
Starting tonight NOAA.gov is predicting over an inch and a half of rain for the next three days, so we will get a break in the planting. Lets just hope it dries out soon so we can get back in the fields and finish up.
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