All of the wheat acres we intended to bale for hay have been converted to grain, and the wheat harvest is in full swing. We will use the wheat for seed next fall to over seed all the acres we harvest corn off of. As soon as we get manure pumped on the harvested wheat acres, we will seed sorghum-sudangrass on the acres and will either graze or chop the crop for silage when it matures. No better than our corn looks, we may need all the forage we can gather up to get the cattle through next winter. This wet weather has made it hard to stick with our cropping plans.
We’ve been taking advantage of any cool morning to work through vaccinating our different cow group’s calves. With all the grandchildren mounted on horseback along with whatever adults are available the cows have been pretty cooperative, and the first round of shots is nearly complete. I had a little farming accident back in mid-June involving a tractor, implement and a jumpy clutch that tore up my knee pretty good. Several trips to the doctor, X-ray and a little surgery has me on the road to recovery, but getting on a horse is still not an option. Having all my good help around has been a real blessing.
The teff grass we planted is doing great, and with all the rain, I think every seed came up. Drew has some of the earlier planted teff mowed, and it will bale in the next couple of days. We need to mow and bale some sorghum-sudangrass, so the re-growth will tiller out, but some of it is only a few inches tall because of all the moisture. We may just mow it off and bank on the next crop being dramatically better.
We’ve been marketing cattle out of the finishing barn ahead of schedule, and several loads of customer cattle have been arriving to refill the pens. What is going to happen to this corn crop and what effect that will have on feed prices has made the feeder cattle market pretty jittery, and several of our customers are poised to take advantage of a softer feeder market. Lots of projects needing attention, but Mother Nature has certainly been in charge of establishing what the priorities will be.