Monday, April 30, 2012

Last Week at the NCRS

So while I was away, the spring planting kept right on going.  Many corn experiments were established last week.  It was still pretty cold,  but it is time to plant and there is alot to do.  Stephanie took these pictures.
Here Doug and Tim confer at the Monosem.  About what?  Their backs are to me, so I couldn't read lips.
The new Kinze planter saw action last week for the first time.  Here we see Doug loading it with fertilizer.  Glad the reflectors are working.
We have emergence!  Here is a sugarbeet out of the ground on April 26 that was planted on April 9.  It has been colder than normal of late, but beets are pretty slow emerging anyway.
Here is a look at a kernal of corn on April 27 that was planted on April 19.  In normal years, I expect to see corn emergence in around 9 days.  This is going to be longer with the cool temps.  It was only in the 40's this weekend, but supposed to be in the 70's this week.
Brian and crew planted onions and carrots this week.  Below Brian is seen making backpack fertilizer applications over the rows.
And finally, Stephanie is all smiles at the arrival of the new hydraulic soil probe.  Sadly, some assembly is required.  Oh the fun she will have.
I will be back to the farm later this week.  I hope to not impede progress.