Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Is drought over?

Texas much improved, California not much

 Watching the news reports it seems that rain is falling everywhere and all is back to normal.  Heavy rains throughout Texas caused flooding and replaced some water retention systems.  Texas wheat was nearly mature so the rain would not help that and actually may cause quality damage to seeds.  Texas corn is starting to pollinate so it will be helped.  Soil conditions are much improved.  California is still showing drought conditions in much of the state.
We hope lasting solutions will begin to evolve.  

For my northern Illinois area we have another week of rain forecast so field work limited 
This was taken Sunday morning and the rows are completely shaded now, we got some hail last night but at this stage the corn is growing so fast the damage will be minimal I do have insurance but no payable loss this time. We will know soon how many acres of corn was planted or if some was switched to soybeans.  My Soybeans are just emerging and the rain will actually do them good.
                                                                                    Serving Together, Dean

   

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Spring challenges

Planting delays:

     Every year presents a different challenge for the farmer.  This year it is the number of sunny days available for field work.  I received just short of an inch of rain this week so planting progress is put on hold.  Much of the planting got done in April, rain delay, start again middle of May, rain delay, finish early June, and hope for no replanting.  
     Sometimes if it rains within 48 hours of planting a field then turns sunny and warm the dirt covering the seeds becomes too hard for seedling emergence.  When this happens the farmer needs to replant with fresh seeds.  There has been spots that required replanting around my farm and more prevalent in Livingston county.  Rains May 3rd and 4th were to blame.
   Still forecast for light amounts of accumulation for the remainder of the week but first week of June looks promising for resuming work.  
First field planted looks great and ready for next field operations, spray for weeds, apply nitrogen, and monitor for problems that may hurt plants if not remedied

                                                                                                Serving together, Dean.  

Monday, May 18, 2015

Two week vacation relaxing??



    Would you think a two week vacation is relaxing?

     Not when it is time to plant corn.  The rains were not heavy on any one day but cumulative they added up to keep field work at a stand still.  Finally it looks as we missed a Sunday rain so we will be at it again.  With a good week forecast I expect that nearly all seeds will get into the ground in these next days. Glad to have the rain because we cannot grow anything without it but will relax more with two weeks on the tractor in the field than off of it.

10-Day Weather Forecast

Daily | Hourly  Customize
Fri 05/01
Sat 05/02
Sun 05/03
Mon 05/04
Tue 05/05
Wed 05/06
Thu 05/07
Fri 05/08
Sat 05/09
Sun 05/10
Mon 05/11
Tue 05/12
Wed 05/13
Thu 05/14
Fri 05/15
Sat 05/16
Sun 05/17
Mon 05/18
75° | 41°
partlycloudy
Partly Cloudy
 0 in
Tue 05/19
62° | 41°
clear
Clear
 0 in
Wed 05/20
56° | 43°
chancerain
Chance of Rain
 0.1 in
Thu 05/21
70° | 47°
partlycloudy
Partly Cloudy
 0 in
Fri 05/22
74° | 48°
clear
Clear
 0 in
Sat 05/23
74° | 55°
partlycloudy
Partly Cloudy
 0.09 in
Sun 05/24
76° | 61°
chancetstorms
Chance of a Thunderstorm
 0.72 in
Mon 05/25
73° | 57°
chancerain
Chance of Rain
 0.14 in
Tue 05/26
77° | 56°
chancerain
Chance of Rain
 0.14 in
Wed 05/27
78° | 56°
rain
Rain
 0.17 in
Thu 05/28
Fri 05/29
Sat 05/30
Sun 05/31
Mon 06/01
Tue 06/02
Wed 06/03
Thu 06/04
Fri 06/05
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Can You Row It

Milestones in corn

We all know the milestones of our children growing up.  Their first smile (no it wasn't gas), first word, first step, first bike ride, and etc.

Well any farmer has those milestones in the corn crop that they look for anxiously.  One is "Can you row the corn yet".  That is when looking down the row of seedlings emerging from the ground you see the green line of the plants one after another.  Well we just got an inch of rain overnight and with the warm weather I can now row the corn.  Farmers are lucky we get to experience this thrill every year.  The next milestone is "The row is shaded" that is when looking down the row no dirt is visible between rows and the field is solid dark green.  These are some of the blessings we know God gives us.
                                                                                                  Serving together, Dean

                                                                                    

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Corn germinated

This is as of today in the field.

Root nearly one inch long and corn plant emerging from seed.

Finally weather is warming up and the soils are fit for fieldwork.  Everybody is out planting and rain is in the forecast.   What is planted by Monday will grow fast and then rain delays until I post again.

10-Day Weather Forecast

Sunday05/0380 | 59 °F
Sunday 40% Precip. / 0.01 in
Cloudy with showers. High near 80F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday Night 80% Precip. / 0.14 in
Thunderstorms likely, especially this evening. Low 59F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Monday05/0474 | 53 °F
Monday 60% Precip. / 0.34 in
Scattered thunderstorms. A few storms may be severe. High 74F. SW winds shifting to N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Monday Night 100% Precip. / 0.6 in
Cloudy with periods of rain. Thunder possible. Low 53F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 100%.
Tuesday05/0574 | 55 °F
Tuesday 80% Precip. / 0.12 in
Light rain in the morning. Scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 74F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Tuesday Night 20% Precip. / 0 in
Partly cloudy. Low around 55F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday05/0683 | 60 °F
Wednesday 20% Precip. / 0 in
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 83F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday Night 10% Precip. / 0 in
Mostly clear skies. Low near 60F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday05/0785 | 63 °F
Thursday 0% Precip. / 0 in
Mostly sunny skies. High near 85F. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph.
Thursday Night 20% Precip. / 0 in
A few clouds. Low 63F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Friday05/0881 | 60 °F
Friday 80% Precip. / 0.22 in
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning becoming more widespread in the afternoon. High 81F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Friday Night 80% Precip. / 0.49 in
Showers and thunderstorms likely. Low around 60F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Saturday05/0977 | 58 °F
Saturday 80% Precip. / 0.17 in
Thunderstorms likely. High 77F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Saturday Night 60% Precip. / 0.14 in
Steady light rain in the evening. Showers continuing late. Low 58F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Sunday05/1079 | 59 °F
Sunday 80% Precip. / 0.17 in
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning becoming more widespread in the afternoon. High 79F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Sunday Night 80% Precip. / 0.31 in
Showers and thunderstorms likely. Low 59F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Monday05/1177 | 52 °F
Monday 60% Precip. / 0.06 in
Showers in the morning, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 77F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Monday Night 20% Precip. / 0 in
Partly cloudy. Low 52F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday05/1272 | 49 °F
Tuesday 20% Precip. / 0 in
A few clouds from time to time. High 72F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday Night 20% Precip. / 0 in
A few clouds. Low 49F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.