Just a couple quick notes and some photos. It is starting to dry out, in fact a rain would be nice. The tough planting conditions in the spring are still very visible. The beans are thin where it was wet, and signs of compaction all over in the corn. At least I think it is a compaction issue. I need to go out with a shovel and do some digging.
If you note on the photos we have winter wheat stubble, yes the winter wheat is off. Just finished on Friday, and planted alfalfa yesterday. I have not calculated yields, but they will be nothing to get excited about. Mid 50’s will probably be the top. Lot of scab. I really had high hopes for the winter wheat this year, but extended wetness in both the fall and spring are not favorable to winter wheat it appears. I am anxious to see what the spring wheat does. It too looked like it had a lot of scab.
I had the honor and privilege of speaking at the inaugural “National Strip Till Conference” in Cedar Rapids Iowa last week on our bio strip till and cover crop work. I also attended several talks given by Jill Clapperton including a soil health workshop, and two general session talks. She has extensive knowledge of cover crops and soil biology. Many questions were asked. I don’t think she even had time to eat lunch! A lot of interest in keeping the soil in good shape was expressed by the attendees.
CCSP Farm Manager