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Sunday, May 29, 2016

A Continuation: "Why aren't farmers out planting their crops?"

If you are traveling along highways and interstates this weekend, you might look out the car/van/truck window and see what looks like many unplanted fields once you leave urbana behind you.  There might even be a conversation in your vehicle of choice that goes along the lines of "Why haven't those farmers been out planting their crops???"  Be patient.... Most are already in the ground and starting to pop out of the ground....Really!

If you go by our farm just west of the house, you won't see anything growing unless you slow down and have a sharp eye.  In between last year's corn  rows, though, this year's soybean crop is popping up out of the ground!

Like I talked about in last month's chat about cover crops, we also left the corn fields untilled to save our top soil from blowing away (and it's a pretty good snow fence during the winter months!).  No-till is another name for this process.  You might see some of the ends of the fields worked, or having dirt showing.  We do work some of those end rows to break up the ground from all the harvest equipmentrunning back and forth on it in the fall.  That constant travel of combines, tractors and wagons and even semis. creates compaction of the soils, making it pretty tough to dig at and in if left alone all winter.

Top update you on the corn crop across the road, the cover crop has completely died out, and the corn is getting tall enough to start covering some of the dead plants from view.

The two pictures below show where our field cornstops and our sweet corn starts.  Tall Guy planted seven rows of sweet corn for us.  Can't wait until it's ready! Field corn is on your left, and the sweet corn in on your right.

If you look more closely at the next picture and the one following, you will see a hidden crop that we will get ready to harvest next.

Those green grass strips running through our fields are grass waterways.  It's a way we filter any run-off water from our fields before that water makes its way in to the drainage creeks.  As soon as the weather man gives us the green light of about 3-4 clear, rain-free days, TG will be out with this hay conditioner to cut the waterways, and he will bail it up as grass hay for our cattle.

Hope you are having a great weekend this Memorial Day Holiday.  Please keep in your hearts those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live in this great country of ours.  This was also a HUGE weekend here in Indiana because the Indianapolis 500 turned 100 years old.  In honor of this milestone, the black out issued back in 1950 on all Indianapolis channels to carry the race was lifted. Translation: It was the first time in my lifetime I could watch the race in the comfort of my home!


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