Yesterday we received 3.4 inches of rain here at the shop. That was just what we needed to finish out this crop. It had been pretty dry and both the corn and soybeans were showing some stress.
We had our annual farm visit with Ken last Thursday and the crop here looks much better than to be expected considering the late wet planting conditions. We have the opportunity in many fields to produce more than the field’s five year average yield. Those fields that were planted latest could even achieve yields at or very near their five year averages. It is amazing to see, and we are very fortunate compared to those farming to both the north and south of us. Soybeans are nothing to write home about, but they too should take advantage of this well timed August drink.
We have had all the corn sprayed by airplane with a fungicide for disease. Brown Spot and Grey Leaf Spot were found in all hybrids. The last farms we sprayed also included an insecticide for the higher numbers of aphids that are showing up. Soybeans have been pretty clean on both the bug and disease fronts. This last rain should prevent any spider mite issues.
Payton and Preston each spent a week at the farm over the last two weeks. As can be seen in the pictures, it was a balance of work and fun! Guns, boats, airplanes, 4-wheelers, fishing, and tractor time filled their time at the Just A Mere Farm B&B. It’s no wonder why they didn’t want to go home!