Monthly Archives: May 2016

Overdue Update
May27

Overdue Update

This web update is long overdue as much has changed in the last few weeks.  The weather has been a roller coaster of both temperature and precipitation.  We finished planting corn in the evening on mother’s day.  It was borderline too wet to be planting, but more rain was forecasted.  The week following was wet and cold, we received over 3.5” of rain. The combination of cool temperatures and saturated soils was hard on the emerging corn.  Rod and Dave ended up rotary hoeing over 300 acres, most of it twice, trying to help the corn out of the ground.  Since then is has warmed up and it doesn’t look like we have any corn we’ll have to tear up and replant, but may have to spot some in in the wetter areas of a few farms.  We anticipated we were going to have cut worm problems this year due to the high number of moths we caught in our pheromone trap here at the shop during March.  This problem never seemed to materialize as the cutting we saw was early and under the 3% threshold for spraying.  We had a light frost on the nights of the 13th and […]

Corn Planting Nearly Complete
May02

Corn Planting Nearly Complete

We received 8 tenths of an inch of rain over the weekend that took us out of the fields.  As of Friday we had 85% of the corn in the ground after starting on the 20th.  The planting conditions were as good or better than any we’ve seen since 2012.  We should finish planting the corn in one good day.  The first planted corn is up and looking good.  As soon as it warms up we’ll be back at it finishing the corn, spraying burn-down on the bean ground and getting ready to plant beans.  We are also scouting the corn for cutworms as it emerges.  Rod has been trapping cutworm moths here at the shop for over a month and the counts are high.  We are expecting to have to spray some of the no-tilled corn for cutworm.