Well, we have gone full circle from excessive rainfall and extensive flooding in parts of northern Indiana this spring to a dust bowl with extremely dry field conditions. My agronomist walked fields earlier this week and confirmed that the soybeans look good and I should stay out of them. Soybeans have a very rich deep color of green, and the 30” rows have canopied. We will keep checking on the corn as the pollinating process continues. We had the heat units this week, but rainfall would really help, too.
There may not be a shortage of corn or soybeans, but hay supplies are in great demand. We had an ideal weather opportunity from Tuesday through Sunday, so I cut 32 acres of third-cutting alfalfa and grass eight days early. Leafhopper was starting to show signs of damage to alfalfa, so I cut instead of spraying, not to mention we have reached that time of year where we see heavy dense fog that is almost like a rain and only leaves a short window of drying each day.
The lack of rainfall decreased the yield per acre, but we baled some excellent racetrack-quality small squares and sold 90% of them out of the field. Many horse farms in the area are concerned about the availability of quality hay supplies. We hope to get one more cutting in September. Middlebury Hay auction had a high bid of $410 per ton last week on hay. I guess we all have our own way of stacking loads on wagons as we tail the baler. So glad dad taught us at a young age how to tie a load on, so it can be pulled at 55 mph.
I received my Beck’s alfalfa seed, which I will plant once it rains. I used a small 12’ disk, cultipacker and spike drag to incorporate fertilizer and level up the seedbed.
The Indiana State Cornhusking contest site has been opened up into seven lands for the Oct. 5 competition. Dad has been cutting three rows between each land and feeding the cornstalks to the cows. This will leave enough room for a husker and horse-drawn wagons to navigate be-tween lands. The family of Vern Dowty will sponsor three new huskers again this year in memory of Vern Dowty of Ossian.
We have lots of events coming up next couple months promoting this competition. Mark your calendars for Pinney-Purdue Field Day in Wanatah on Aug. 21 with a morning session and evening twilight program session with Private Applicator Recertification Program credits. Sept. 6-7 is Rentown Old Fashion Days west of Bremen.