Monthly Archives: May 2018

Crop is Making Progress
May18

Crop is Making Progress

The crop is making progress but there have been a few bumps in the road. We had to rotary hoe a few fields of corn to get them up and out of the ground.  Cutworms have also shown up in some of the emerging corn and we have sprayed 145 acres so far.  The soybean stands look great and show a lot of promise, especially with the early and quick planting.  Next week we will begin post spraying corn herbicide and will start pulling soil nitrate samples to determine how much additional nitrogen will need to be applied to the corn at sidedress time.  We could still use some rain.  About half of the farms received some rain this past week, 0.3-0.7 inches.  In town I received 2.9″ in my gauge in about a 25 minute downpour!

Last Pass!
May08

Last Pass!

We finished up the 2018 planting season with beans on Sunday evening.  The corn was finished the day before in the morning.  It was the fastest planting season we’ve ever had.  From the first day we went to the field to spray, until we finished planting, was 17 days.  The first planted corn and beans are emerging.  We’d like to see a rain to get the rest of it up in good shape.  So far we’ve had a great year!!

Off to a Great Start!
May04

Off to a Great Start!

It seemed like it was going to be a late spring just a couple weeks ago.  Things changed fast as it quickly dried and then warmed up.   We started in the field on Friday the 20th putting on our spring corn nitrogen and herbicide.  It went well and we had covered all the ground by Sunday at noon.  The sprayer and tender got rinsed, nozzles changed, and we were spraying bean burndown by the evening.  Besides a short rain delay on Tuesday, we worked at that steady and finished all the pre-plant spraying on Saturday the 28th. The bean planter we are testing for Great Plains arrived on Tuesday the 24th.  They sent an engineering team to help get it it hooked up and running.  By Wednesday evening it was ready and dry enough to plant.  Rod ran that planter from last Wednesday till the rain Thursday night. He is only 300 acres short of being done. Because of the cooler temperatures, we decided to wait to plant corn until Sunday.  I started planting corn Sunday morning and now only lack 39 acres from being done.  It was a good four day run! Overall the planting conditions for corn and […]