Mark Thomas- August 6, 2012

“Things aren’t perfect, but they are pretty darn good up here. We’re just ready to make fourth cutting hay. It looks to be pretty nice, especially compared to third cutting. The sudangrass looks really good and we’re relying on it for quite a bit of tonnage. We got another inch and a quarter over the weekend.

“Every time we got to the point where we thought, if it doesn’t rain, we’ll be in trouble, we got enough water to keep things growing. There are some guys that are chopping corn silage on the early-planted light soils that were hurt the worst. I have heard about some corn appraised for 40 bushels per acre.  We will average 140 or 150 bushels per acre. Our soybeans, except on the light ground, look like they are going to be OK too.

“There is some corn for silage where there was no pollination. The rains have added some moisture, which will help with the tonnage and with the high nitrates. You need grain in there to help the ration and the longer you can wait on chopping silage I think you’ll be better off. Once it gets to the point that the corn is burnt up below 65% or 70% moisture, though, you’ve got to cut it. With the rains we got, I am a month away from chopping silage, which is great.

“I am standing in a field of beans that is up to my waist with pods top to bottom. But, I have seen some total devastation from spider mites on the sand and gravel. Beans look like you sprayed Roundup on non-Roundup Ready beans. And, in some fields we have some marestail coming in the beans.”

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