More rain — so much that I have lost track of how much fell and when, without checking the calendar we have hanging in the foyer of the kitchen. I do know the fish and frogs swimming in the fields shouldn’t be worried about it drying up anytime soon. They along with the egrets, sandhill cranes and whooping crane are enjoying it. We have new neighbors moving in. Not sure how clear the previous owners or the realtor were about how often it floods, but they have some lovely lakefront property for a lake that didn’t exist when they bought it. This is the third time this year that it’s been up this high. Nothing we can do but wait and hope it eventually dries out again.
The excessive moisture has made it difficult to get much done in the fields. I did see hay cut and made in a short window of opportunity last week. Not much progress on corn silage in the area. Cornfields are slow at maturing and the mud has kept many choppers sitting idle that would normally be pushing hard every day to meet the demand for feed to be chopped and stored.
One thing I have noticed out and about looking at fields is that many fields are running out of nitrogen. There are other issues out there, as well. I’ve seen phosphorous and magnesium deficiencies, as well. It would be a good time to get out there and scout fields to see what is really happening before harvesting, so you have time to discuss with your agronomist to get soil samples or adjust on fertility plans for future crops.
Soybean fields are starting to change. It’s good to see uniformly changing fields. There have been some reports of sudden death, but it’s been small pockets, not widespread. I have a feeling we will want to combine beans and be chopping corn silage all at the same time. It’s also pushing back getting wheat and cover crops planted. The one thing the wet spring did allow for because of the unfortunate prevent plant acres was for a bunch of tile to go in. Tiling has been going strong most of the summer and will continue into the fall.
It’s going to be a mad dash harvest when it is fit. As each day passes and we get later, please take time to be safe out there. An extra couple days or even weeks of harvest are better than what could happen when we push for an extra few hours each day, wearing ourselves to exhaustion. When we are tired, we don’t make the best decisions, or have the best reaction times. It’s been a draining year, taking its toll on our bodies both physically and mentally.
As a whole, we are excited for harvest and ready to go. But we are tired of the things Mother Nature has been throwing at us in the 2019 growing season and ready to move on to 2020. Take care of yourselves and be safe out there, so you are around for a better 2020.