Monthly Archives: June 2018

Lights, Camera, Action!
Jun26

Lights, Camera, Action!

Things are looking good after the recent rains.  We have had nearly five inches here at the shop since the beginning of the month.  The soybeans are fully flowered and the corn will be tasseling by week’s end.  Plant health looks great, but we will continue to scout for disease as the warm damp conditions look to continue.  Insects have yet to cause any concern in either crop. We took some time today to do some filming for Great Plains Manufacturing.  They sent a film company to visit the farm and document our experiences testing their soybean planter the last two seasons.  They conducted interviews, filmed around the farmstead, filmed in the fields, and captured some footage from the sky via drone. Last week Reid stayed at the farm.  He had his first experience driving a tractor on his own!  Other activities included fishing the pond, fishing the lake, slip-n-slides, and the pool. So far the crop looks as good as ever.  We were happily heavily sold on soybeans before the trade war entered high gear.  I’m sure we will get more chances to make profitable sales before harvest.  In our neighborhood it looks like we have a high potential […]

Million Dollar Rains!
Jun11

Million Dollar Rains!

A lot has happened since the last update.  We post sprayed all the corn in three days, but it was during a period of high temperatures and both the weeds and corn were under drought stress.  The control was fair at best and we ended up re-spraying corn herbicide using drop nozzles on nearly 300 acres.  The soil nitrate samples we pulled were high this year due to the dry weather and we added very little additional nitrogen above our normal side dress program.  As soon as the side dressing was completed we started in post spraying soybeans.  This year we went to an Xtend/Dicamba post herbicide program due to the trouble we have had controlling waterhemp on some farms.  The herbicide has worked great but has been a struggle to apply safely and to the EPA label requirements.  We got it done and worked with the neighbors to manage the drift issues. The powerline project on the TPH Farm is well underway.  The dry weather has been a blessing to that project as it has kept damage to a minimum.  Their progress has slowed for some reason but it looks like they will be pouring concrete and setting towers […]