July 8, 2014
The summer daily work continues. Brandon is delivering 5 truckloads of wheat this week to ADM in Newburgh, Indiana. John is monitoring the soybeans that remain to be sprayed… and developing a plan to spray an application of Roundup. Although some need the sprayer this week, several fields will wait quite a bit longer… those that have no johnsongrass emerging from the soybean crop canopy– good news! I have been working on the roadside mowing, using the JD 7130 tractor and the bush-hog cutter.
We still have a few days’ worth of roadside mowing to be done with the bush-hog. I hope it is complete by the weekend. It just makes the fields look more presentable, like someone is actually paying attention to this detail.
Many of our field locations near a well-traveled road have been marked by our seed dealer to indicate which variety of soybeans or corn is growing there. It is a popular thing to place this signage along fields… it’s a form of farmer advertising. These signs just seemed to spring up overnight!
A good inch rain would be welcome.. it looked this morning like we were going to get it, but it passed us by. We cannot detect any drought stress in our crops yet, but a nice rain would be a happy thing. In reality, most of the crop looks pretty good. Corn at Lett and Watjen, of course, is smaller because of the later planting… but the last-planted field did make the old adage of “knee high by the 4th of July”! Almost every other corn field is in tassel stage… and boy, oh boy… the corn has that sweet aroma that comes during pollination.