With harvest in full swing, I play herdsman, provide cheap labor and check the bred cows as Carson remains occupied with grain. As a road gawker, I report that many fields of corn in our area are suffering stalk breakage and farmers are rushing to complete their harvest.
Greetings from River Oak as we await the “dog days” of summer. The thing is in 2021 we are not much worried about them because we still have an abundance of moisture and plenty of forage for the heifers.
The drought is over, but I am not talking about the weather. I am referring to the lack of cattle on feed or grazing here that I have been writing about for the last couple of months.
As Mother Nature has provided many ups and downs in the weather already this year, ranging from super-wet conditions to dry stretches and extreme heat, it has been a tough growing season for those involved in the agriculture industry.
Thoughts that parts of Indiana might suffer from drought because of the hot, dry weather that occurred at the beginning of summer quickly disappeared three weeks ago when heavy rainfall events began.
Hello from Graze-N-Grow. Nowadays it seems like the COVID issue is taking a backseat to the weather. For us here, the rain is welcome. I wish we could share some of it with our farming friends north and west of us.
Hello from soggy central Illinois. The rain keeps coming, the grass keeps growing and I can’t get my wheat combined. The dry hay I’d made on the summer pasture finally got put inside the barn in between rain events.
I need to talk about the weather first, of course, as 2021 continues to be an eventful year. We have been fortunate to be spared more flooding. The river has been bank full all week and water trapped inside the levee is too much, but all in all we have been missing the heavy rains or storms.
Seems like the primary focus in the month of June was working to get cows and heifers bred AI. With the cows we used a new synchronization protocol. Instead of following the time breeding aspect of that, we heat detected and I believe all but one cow came into heat.