We are not off to exactly a good start. Planting was tough go. I was not happy with the conditions we had but you have make the best of things. Stands are actually pretty good, except the flax. Both the spring wheat and flax were in the ground a long time before they came up. It appears to have taken a pretty heavy toll on the flax. The worst thing in the spring wheat is cheat and foxtail barley, which came up way before the wheat did. In hindsite a burndown or pre emergence round up would have been a good idea. Just no time with the conditions presented. Trips across the wet plots in wet conditions were leaving ruts and compaction, and guess what? It got worse. I was lucky to get in most of the plots. No one is really sure if it was just too much rain or if the frost is still in. We had a good week of 80’s and even a 90 and then a couple of inches rain just sealed the deal. It did not matter if fields were worked or not in some areas, planting was just not going to happen. I was just down to southern Minnesota a couple of days ago, and it is wet all the way. Tile drainage pumps were pumping into ditches that were overflowing back into the fields the drains were coming from. At Glencoe, Mn. they were reporting 8 inches of rain in just the previous couple of days. So, it is another record breaking wet year. At CCSP I have measured 5.9 inches as of 6/21/14 for the month of June. What we really are suffering from is the lack of water use from low temps and clouds earlier in the so called spring. We did not have much snow, but with all the rain last fall and cold temps this spring we are wet.
Things in the plots I had hope for such as planting soybeans into winter annuals still peeks my interest, but that still only buys you a couple of inches of water use with a cold spring. I did notice one side hill that usually has water coming out of the side is dry today where there is winter wheat. Another side hill that is similar is like a spring oozing water where corn is planted.
It is sunny and warm today, just keep it coming!
CCSP Farm Manager