Monthly Archives: April 2013

Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Project
Apr24

Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Project

We have worked very diligently to improve our efficiency with crop inputs in recent years, utilizing new science and equipment technology as it has become available.  This year we are one of many host sites for Crop Tech Consulting and Cornell University’s Adapt-N nitrogen management program.  The host field will be 80 acres of the Rudasill Farm.  This program is aimed at better managing nitrogen rates to reduce losses and maintain yields.  It uses advanced computer modeling to track crop nitrogen uptake and losses.  With this information we will be able to track soil nitrate levels on a daily basis and make changes to our fertilizer applications.  This study will be part of a pilot program allowing the Cornell team to calibrate their models for Illinois soils and weather.  More information on the Adapt-N program can be found by clicking here.

Rain and Cool Weather Continues…
Apr24

Rain and Cool Weather Continues…

We have now received over 5 inches of rain for the month of April.  Temperatures remain cool as well, being in the 30s this morning.  It doesn’t look like we will be getting any corn planted in April this year, but everything is ready to go when the weather cooperates.  Today we finished fine tuning the meters for the planter.

The Committee has Ruled!
Apr12

The Committee has Ruled!

A ruling has been reached in the matter of Mr. Scott (Smallfish) Piepenpocker (Alias: the committee) vs. Mr. Rod (Bigfish) Wilson of Just a Mere Farm.  Let it hence forth be known that Mr. Piepenpocker doesn’t deserve to handle Mr. Wilson’s bait.  In lieu of the evidence displayed below, the jury concluded that Mr. Piepenpocker couldn’t pull a musky out of a barrel.  All appeals must be directed to the Province of Ontario Ministry Department of Small fish and Whiny Fisherman, et al.

April Showers
Apr12

April Showers

This week we have received some significant rainfall.  Wednesday night and Thursday morning we got anywhere from 1.6 to 3 inches of rain, the heaviest rains landing on the south farms.  Last weekend it dried enough to do some tillage and level some of the ground that was tiled over the winter.  We haven’t done any planting yet but we are ready to go when it dries out and warms up.