Sunday, June 27, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Refried beans are probably the main use of Black Beans, but also in chili and soups. So go buy a bag today. They make a great Fathers Day Gift. Speaking of Fathers Day, I hope you can say Hi to your Dad, or pause to give him a nice thought. I was fortunate to see my Dad this past week. I said Hi.
(I left my camera at the farm again, and had more pictures that you would have enjoyed. Fortunately I downloaded these earlier in the day. So there will be more on Monday. Have a great weekend.)
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Nearby we looked at the first field of corn planted this year by Ben. This picture was planted on March 15. The first pass on the right was made without fertilizer for several hundred feet as a check for comparison. Not one tassel is showing. The corn on the left received an in-furrow application of 6 gal/A of Pro-Germinator + 3 pints/A of Micro 500. Both received the same nitrogen program. The soil is low in phosphorus, and the soil test recommendation was for 200 lb/A of 18-46-0. So it looks like the Liquid is doing its job of advancing growth. So this was worth the trip.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
But here I am sampling a leaf from corn in the V6 stage of growth. It is easy to see the uppermost leaf with a collar. The leaves above it may be big, but they have no collar (or white ring on the undercarriage) and are still in the whorl. So don't take those. I also like to use some scissors to get an even and uniform cut of an entire leaf. Plus it's faster. I guess it's best to use stainless scissors, and not some that may be rusty. So the old saying of: "If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?" certainly applies to tissue sampling.
I am off on yet another fertilizer mission next week, but will keep you posted of events both on and off the NCRS. Thanks for reading.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
So it will be interesting to follow this through the summer to harvest. Normally there would be moisture stress later in the summer, so the effects on roots may be a factor. Additonally, we will see if more fertility added as a side-dress has an effect. This is planned for a several year test, so there is a ways to go. The next picture is looking down a pretty good slope. The plan was to apply fertilizer through spring strip till. But it was decided that the ground was too hard, and so it was leveled with a field cultivator and planted. Even so, there was enough soybean residue left on the surface that I think will help hold soil on the slopes during the excess rain. So the field really looks go so far. Again, stay tuned, and follow more on Darren's blog.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Notice in the picture that one of the lines comes out of the system and then goes to a T with two tubes coming out. Well these tubes go to the guess rows, so that half of the rate is applied in each pass in the guess rows. So with the return pass, a full rate is applied. Many sidedress units are similarly set up, but I have seen units that do not apply in the guess rows, and have seen N shortage as a result. I really like the Wilger units so that you can see if one row becomes clogged or something, and you can stop and fix it before finding out the hard way with yellow corn later.
The last picture is of Phil showing off his latest project: an improved drip tape layer. In some fields we place drip tape for irrigation. In the old days we used to walk the tape the length of the plot by unrolling the tape spools mounted on a rod at the field edge. Then later we mounted the rod on the 3-point hitch of a tractor and drove it up the plots, but we still had to have people standing on the end of the tape at the end of the field. What an inefficient use of labor all of that was! So this year we will try this unit which applies down pressure as the tape is laid to keep it in place. The down pressure is from air shocks on the press wheels. As seen in the picture, it does a nice job on the shop floor. (We will see if Phil is still smiling after we try it in the field.)