Hello from Graze-N-Grow. First, it’s too wet, and now, it’s too hot and dry. Will I ever stop complaining? I think I suffer more than the animals in this heat and humidity, but maybe I should just follow their lead and rest in the shade in the afternoon. So far, all are doing well. The guard dogs, though, we have to keep watch of fly strike on their ears. We use a mix of essential oils as a repellant, as well as a cream to treat sore areas, so it doesn’t get too bad.

The oats and peas are baled and wrapped, and the wheat is combined, so I need to get a winter grazing cover crop on the wheat ground. I usually wait until August to plant oats and turnips, along with whatever else is available to throw in with them. I’m sure a lot of seed has been sold out, but I know oats will be available soon as some friends south of me have 300 acres to harvest. The oat and pea ground has Italian ryegrass and red clover growing. The stand looks great, but cooler temps would benefit the grass.

I expect to bale a cutting of some of that and graze the regrowth next fall and winter, if the weather allows. Some I will graze the ram lambs on soon to hopefully get a good gain for the four weeks leading up to the ethnic holiday. We’ve already had several lambs reserved for that and many more expected in the weeks ahead.

Our corn looks good, so far. Although uneven in height, it has a good green color. In the last three weeks, I’ve hauled a steer and two lambs to Eureka, another steer to Seward and picked up a tractor wide front east of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, so I can say what crops are growing are looking OK so far, though uneven. I hope we can say that after this upcoming heat wave.

Our BureauCounty had the distinction of being the wettest county in Illinois and fourth wettest in the nation this spring, so our prize is a lot of cover crop ground preparing us for a better year next year, Lord willing. It’s a good thing farmers aren’t in charge of the weather because we would probably have perfect weather and dollar corn. I hope we can all see a rainbow after this storm of a spring. Happy trails.

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