Well that escalated quickly.
In my last blog post, I mentioned we were experiencing some light rainfall which allowed us to take a collective breath and regroup. Little did we know, that breather would extend roughly 3 weeks, leaving us (and most everyone) with a large majority of our corn and soybeans to plant and the calendar telling us it was the 3rd week in May. Needless to say, many long days and late nights ensued. Any corn and popcorn that did not get planted the last week of April/Mother’s Day weekend and all soybeans were planted in an 8-day window. Rolie was a one-man planting machine in the 12-row, while Pete and Mark kept the new 24-row rolling and Todd and Nate kept chipping away on soybeans in the DB60 and Air Seeder. Nearly as soon as it began, #plant16 was finished. Whew!
But, it was out of the furnace and into the fire the next week, as we began side-dressing the early-planted corn that Tuesday. And, because of the warm temperatures the two weeks prior, the late planted corn quickly emerged and was ready to be side-dressed all at once. After hitting it hard for two weeks and avoiding major breakdowns and meaningful (and suddenly needed) rainfall, we finished applying anhydrous ammonia last Wednesday morning. Suffice it to say, it has been a hectic, busy, stressful, long, *insert other appropriate adjectives here* past 5 weeks, completing about 8 weeks worth of work in that window.
We worked with a couple local dronesmen(?), namely Trevor Ashbaugh, to capture some aerial imagery of some of our spring operations. To say we are happy with the results is an understatement. As a matter of fact, the cover photo for this blog is an image Trevor captured of the DB60 bean planter in action, and the gallery to the right of this blog is a collection of some of the images Trevor captured. We also have a newly launched YouTube channel with some video of some of the operations in action, and will be posting more pictures in the coming week (hopefully).
As far as the crop goes, we received a much needed rainfall Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Overall crops are looking as good as we could hope given the variability this spring. I just overhead that we will likely poke our nose in some white wheat tomorrow afternoon. I will probably jinx us by saying this, but the wheat crop in the area is shaping up to be the best (as far as quality is concerned) in a couple years. Fingers crossed.
Well, that’s all for now. If you all get a chance and are in the mood for some great ribs and even better company, go check out the Napoleon Ribfest tonight! You may just see some of us up there.
Stay safe everyone! Until next time…