Photos taken 7/24/2016. Comments follow pictures.
After a very busy spring and early summer we have a little breather before harvest. However, I think the wheat is really close if not ready to go. I have seen some combines going the first part of the week but have not heard what yields were like. I think we will be going by the end of the week depending on the unsettled weather that is forecast for the mid to end of week. The other crops are really looking great at this point. The corn, and beans especially. The peas? I was very surprised last year at the 70 bushel yield. I think they look about the same this year, but to be honest I am making no bets. I think we did have a little bit of a herbicide carry over, so that could diminish things somewhat. We will soon find out as you can see in the picture they are ripening very fast. The predicted wet weather may make things a little difficult compared to last year’s perfectly dry conditions. I should mention that we were getting dangerously dry. Nothing had been hurt but it was getting close. Then, we got an almost perfect slow 3 inch rain. I really don’t recall of ever getting that dry and getting such a nice rain. We still have a lot of season yet, but that rain was a real boost. We have 2 very interesting cover crop plots. They are a large mixture of species, that were planted May 20th. They caught a nice rain and it appears they got ahead of the weeds. The big difference is what I am thinking fertility. The one plot was soybeans last year, and the other peas. Anyway, the one plot has significantly more growth.
One thing I did different with the corn and wheat this year was put on sulfur. By using the Amity drill, it made it easy to apply. On the corn, I bit the bullet and reduced nitrogen to add sulfur as the I am topped out at what I can put down for gallons at planting. I really don’t like topdressing as rain fall is required to get the product into the ground. As it is now, no signs of any yellow on the lower leaves, but of course it is still early. As always, it will be and interesting harvest.
CCSP Farm Manager