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AJ Baltes, July 9

We had a few problems with test weight but it has only been a few guys. Wheat has been averaging around 60 bushels and mostly the test weight has been good. There was quite a bit of straw out there.

We didn’t want the rain before, but now we need it. We are getting pretty dry. Last week some places got an inch to an inch and a half and we had some places that didn’t get any. There is a chance of rain tomorrow and another chance this weekend so hopefully we get some out of that. About two weeks ago it switched over to a dry pattern, right before it got really hot and humid. The shorter corn on top of the hills is starting to roll a little. The early-planted corn has not really been affected yet. I think it has a better root system on it.

We are done with the first cutting of hay but we have a little bit of custom work to do. Some guys are done with second cutting if they have alfalfa out, but the guys with a lot of grass hay out will probably finish up their first cutting this week. I’ve baled first cutting before at the end of August.

There are some bare spots in the corn fields where it just didn’t come up from the wet weather. One neighbor has some corn ready to tassel and then some that is knee high too. I feel like corn chopping season is going to be a long one this year because they will have the early corn to get off and then they’ll have to wait a while for the rest of it. There are some beans above knee high and starting to canopy and there are some beans three or four inches tall. There are some guys still putting their first bean crop in this week.

We are getting the cover crop seeded into the corn right now. We go through with a three-point spreader on the back of the tractor. The last of the corn is still short enough that we can get over it with that. If we can’t inter-seed the corn we will just take the corn off a little wetter and seed rye in the fall.

Today it is getting close to 90 and then it is supposed to cool back off a little bit in the middle of the week.

 

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