Manager Update August 27, 2014

Corn on old Alfalfa ground. Photo 8/26/14.

Corn on old Alfalfa ground. Photo 8/26/14.

Bio Strip till, where corn will be planted next year. Brassica flax mix. Planted 8/15/14, photo taken 8/26.

Bio Strip till, where corn will be planted next year. Brassica flax mix. Planted 8/15/14, photo taken 8/26.

Bio Strip till planted 8_15_14. Photo taken 8/26/14.

Bio Strip till planted 8_15_14. Photo taken 8/26/14.

Cover Crop Planted 8/8/14 on soil pit fill. Photo taken 8/26/2014.

Cover Crop Planted 8/8/14 on soil pit fill. Photo taken 8/26/2014.

 

Hi Everyone,

After waiting for 3 years, we have moisture to make the cover crops grow! Even more than we needed, yes we are wet again. Things don’t look too bad on the plots. Water is standing again, but the damage was already done from the rains in June. It will still probably be a mess at harvest and planting winter wheat. Hopefully it dries out by then. We have received over 5 inches since August 10. We seed the first cover crops on August 9 so we were pretty happy to get the first 0.78. Then it rained 3.0 inches the next weekend.

The beans were in need of moisture, so they should be able to finish in good shape. They are looking nice. I did not spray for aphids. It was a coin flip. There are still a lot out there so it is making me second guess not spraying. The corn is looking nitrogen deficient in many plots. The alfalfa ground corn looks really nice, so I suspect we had leaching, denitrification or possibly both.

The wheat is all harvested, with less than spectacular yields. I have not run the samples yet, but moisture checking revealed low protein and lots of scab. We were hoping for a good wheat year. I have heard of good yields elsewhere. Joel Ransom just finished their spring wheat today, and they did not think yields were very good either. The long term saturated soil through June was not good for the crop. The high ground plots did do well however.

It is now a waiting game for the corn. I hope the predictions of the continuation of the polar vortex don’t come true, because we do not need an early frost!

 

Kelly Cooper

Farm Manager

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