Wheat harvest is a wrap for 2019. Feels good to be checking boxes off finally and getting most of the crops taken care of for the year. We finished post spraying soybeans this last week. So, the sprayer gets a short reprieve before going back over all the bean acres with fungicide. Wheat didn’t do as well as we hoped, but considering the very cold and wet spring and winter we had, we did pretty well, I think.
The straw has been a bit of a pain, though. We got two farms baled, but the third one got wet and didn’t dry well, so as I write this, it’s dry enough. We’re just waiting on a baler to show up. Hopefully, we can get that baled before the round of rain comes in from the Hurricane Barry.
We are progressing slowly on tile projects. Biggest holdup we have has been weather, the heat, and random rain showers always seem to hit when we get busy. Now on to getting combines and trucks cleaned up and checked out for fall. The early corn has started to tassel, but most of it is a long ways off from it. So far, we aren’t seeing much disease or insect issues locally on the crops. We are constantly monitoring for issues, but haven’t seen much yet, thankfully.
I have been hearing some rumbling of accusations that people believe all the spring flooding this year is from all the tile that has been put in. I am of the mindset of thinking that is wrong. I’m open to this conversation, but I believe we actually slow the release of the water from the fields. Since we install pattern drainage on most of our customers’ farms, we allow the soil to become a sponge and absorb more water instead of making it run off immediately, especially when we have large back-to-back rain events, like it seems we get all the time now.
The issue I think were having is the volume of rain we are getting in one event and then the amount of times we get them repeatedly several times in a short span. Now, this is from just observation and nothing real scientific. But if anyone else has thoughts or opinions on it, feel free to reach out to me on social media. Enjoy some summertime weather while we can. Drink plenty of water and hope the storms only bring you beneficial waters.