Monthly Archives: June 2015

Shaping Up to be a Good Crop
Jun24

Shaping Up to be a Good Crop

Despite the wetter than average season, this year’s crop is looking remarkably good.  We have lucked out and have only received 4 total inches of rain for the month.  Both north and south of Dewitt County have received much more total rain.  The last of our beans were planted on June 7th and all the beans are looking great.  The warm damp weather has given us some of the best bean stands we’ve had in recent memory.  The corn sidedressing was completed on June 6th before things got too wet.  This week we have gone back and done some later season nitrogen sidedressing with the Y-Drop system on our sprayer.  The soil nitrate tests we pulled last Friday showed we had lost about 30 pounds of nitrogen from our first sidedress application.  We put out some test strips replacing the 30 pounds we lost and also completed the Y-Drop test plot on the Sprague Farm where we are evaluating later season nitrogen applications.  The management of nitrogen and phosphorus applications have become a hot topic environmentally.  As soon as the weather cooperates we will be spraying beans.  REMINDER: The Just A Mere Farm appreciation dinner is going to be held […]

Spring Field Work Nearing Completion
Jun01

Spring Field Work Nearing Completion

Since our last update in the middle of May a lot has been accomplished.  We have only 130 acres of beans left to plant when it dries out.  We had the planter stuck there before the last two inches of rain.  All the post spraying on the corn is complete and half of the side-dressing is done.  The soil nitrate samples we pulled came back showing that have not lost much of our spring applied N before this last week of rain.  Everything we have side-dressed so far has required no more than 30 additional pounds of N above our original crop plan.  This will most likely change as we pull additional nitrate samples this week after more than 2 inches of rain. On the T/P/H farm the work on lowering the oil pipeline began a couple days before we were there to plant the beans.  We were able to get some great pictures and videos from the air of the process of them re-welding and lowering the pipeline.