Rain, rain and more rain. A bit more than seven inches scattered throughout the month. The silver lining in this continuous cloud is that it has finally warmed up enough for the grass to grow. The cows are back to feeding themselves. The pastures are coming back to life.
We all questioned how they would come around with the mess it was back in February. I did a small amount of repair work on a couple of paddocks. The window for this was really narrow. Trying to interseed and establish new grass in the spring can be a crapshoot. It has to be done early before any of the weeds and grass starts to grow, otherwise the holes close up and the new seedlings get crowded out. My experience is that most of the time it doesn’t work.
Between the showers, we have been able to harvest our cover crops for haylage. The triticale was the top yielder. The cereal rye produced well also. The barley looks like it will test high in value, but the tonnage was lower than expected. I plan to send samples to the lab after 30 days from harvest to get a nutritional report. I will make my final evaluation after that.
As for the corn farmers down here in southern Illinois, their patience is wearing paper thin. Hardly anyone has made it to the field yet. A few of the neighbors I have spoken with are seeing a shortage of seed along with this, so they want to make sure that the first round of planting counts. The replant might not be the seed of choice. Regardless, they are ready as soon as the ground is.