Manager update Feb 11,2014

Greetings,

Welcome to our New Web Page! I guess I am not quite old enough to stop learning new tricks. Crossing over to WordPress from Frontpage was quite a leap but I think this will work out just fine. For those of you not familiar with web design it is just the progression of technology and applications. Out with the old in with the new. It’s going to take a while to rebuild the whole site, but it should be fun, and I hope to have some more capabilities, like updating directly from the farm with a smartphone, and having a comment section or blog. When I am out on the farm, I should be able to post photos of the crops with brief comments, making the site timelier. Wish me luck!!

It is deep winter and we are in the middle of “meeting season”. Lots of great learning opportunities, in fact so many it is hard to keep up. Next week will be especially packed with the Corn and Soybean conventions.

At CCSP, snow cover is thin, but with the cold weather it has stayed put. The soil is also staying put. You have probably noticed as I have the dirty snow when driving. The exposed soil and continued cold dry air has dried out the surface and the repeated high winds have taken their toll. The amount of soil moved is not large but as we all know, it takes very little visual soil removal to exceed the amount that can be rebuilt. If you have enough residue left, no soil leaves the field.

Winter wheat survival is always a concern with minimal snow cover and cold temperatures. As you can see in the attached pictures (I hope to get them on tomorrow!), snow is holding well in the stubble, and should be adequate protection. A much needed warm spell would unfortunately for the winter wheat, leave it open in pretty short order. One must also remember there is a lot of winter left and I suspect we have not seen the last of the snow.

We some of the yields posted, almost done with the soybeans. This has been by year for technology change, different software and new computer. Yep, slow process, but that’s progress as they say.

Stay warm!

 

Kelly Cooper

Farm Manager,

Conservation Cropping Systems Project.

NDSU's Winter Wheat Trial. February 7, 2014

NDSU’s Winter Wheat Trial. February 7, 2014

Corn stalks. February 7, 2014.

Corn stalks. February 7, 2014.

Soybeans, February 7, 2014.

Soybeans, February 7, 2014.

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