Friday, July 1, 2011

July and TGIF

So can it really be July now? Usually July makes you feel like the growing season has been in high gear for some time, but we just finished planting. Some of our corn has been in the ground for awhile though, and today we applied some more foliar fertilization, this time along with glyphosate. This corn was around 3 feet tall and looks good. This year also marks the first time that we have not turned on irrigation in June. In spite of my continuous whining about excess rain, it has gotten a little dry now for these fast growing crops, so the water was turned on, as we see below on Farm 5.
These Black Beans were just planted on Tuesday on Farm 7, and they are just about to emerge. Shallow planted edible beans usually pop up in just a few days. They were planted later than normal and need to get going. The weather has been good for growing crops lately and today was in the mid-80's, so good for heat units.
Below we see Phil making some glyphosate applications to soybeans on Farm 7. We used a pre-emergence herbicide, but with all of the rain, postemergence applications are necessary. In this particular field there was quite a bit of Eastern Black Nightshade that needed a death treatment. We agree that the only good weed is a dead weed. Winter wheat is coming along quickly now with all of the sunshine and warm temperatures. This wheat experiment is on Farm 3, and is the one where we applied applications of NResponse and ferti-Rain with Quadris fungicide at flag leaf. Local predictions say that wheat harvest will begin on July 15. Ron is working on the combine to make sure we are ready. (A picture of that would have been nice. Mental note: take a picture.) We started irrigation on Farm 3 too, as can be seen in the background. And finally, everyone knows the silly saying that corn should be "knee high by the 4th of July". Normally it is way ahead of that, but this year some corn is not yet knee high. But the corn experiments at the NCRS can mostly meet this standard, as demonstrated by agronomists Amanda and Stephanie. (They were so happy to make this picture. But this is for ag publicity after all.)

So as we head into Independence Day, I wish all of you a safe and happy holiday and hope you show up next week with all fingers intact.