Commentary following Pictures.
A week ago it looked as if we would be going strong on the 28th of April. We were able to get the spring wheat and flax planted early last week with a nice little shot of rain following. Last night we dumped out 3.37 inches from the rain gauge and I didn’t want to look this morning. We did not get a whole lot overnight, but the snow was really depressing this morning. I really don’t think we will be back in the field for a least a week. So it goes.
As you can see on the photos the winter wheat is coming on nicely. The variety is “Ideal”, a relatively new South Dakota release, (2011). It appears to have made through a very tough winter just fine. The week ahead is not exactly looking warm, but the wheat is obviously growing well after going through some night time temperatures in the teens a couple of weeks ago.
I am a little concerned about the strip till. A few years ago we had similar heavy rains/high moisture. I think it was 09-10. We had a heavy snow pack that melted fast and over saturated the berm. It almost appeared the soil structure collapsed and we ended up with a rather hard crusted soil.
We are making plans for Field day, which will be July 17, 2014. Do to some scheduling conflicts we had to move to the 3rd Thursday again this year. More information will be coming.
CCSP Farm Manager