Saturday, February 4, 2012

Week In Review

What a week! I got to work outdoors all week, it was beautiful! I kept thinking, I wonder what it will be like six months from now? Hopefully the corn will be tasseled and the ears forming well. Every farmer hopes it won't be too hot or too dry for improved development.

Corn has really built this nation. We learned how to grow maize from the Native Americans who were here when we moved in. There are many interesting stories in these links but I am privileged to learn from the master story teller, Neeake, aka Reverend Fred Shaw who married LuAnn and I, June 22, 2001 at the church we were attending and he was pastoring near Milford, Ohio.

As I was walking and working this week, I took 40 pictures of what I saw. I shared them with my friends and got responses from I always love your pictures and observations to why in the world did you send these?

I told you about the resistant bluegrass that won't die. That brought up lots of question of resistant ryegrass this week. Some use fear not to do something but a few try it and make it work. I noticed that on radishes again this morning. Mace Bauer showed his big radish in Florida and Chuck in Wisconsin mentioned he heard Steve Groff speak.

My friend Jeff Littrell posted as Foliardud, I think he means foliardude. He and friend Keith Schlapkohl use foliar sprays to cause crop effects they are after. I have talked about Keith in previous blogs and showed pictures of his 30 inch row soybeans that have roots crossing in the row middles.

Jeff made a good post about Managed Inputs this morning when a farmer in South Dakota asked what to do about his soil test results. There is some amazing stuff posted on Crop Talk if you take time to read it and explore it and discuss it. The levels of knowledge of readers and posters vary greatly, so beware.

It was a great week and I really enjoyed the sunshine outside this unusually warm winter. It was fantastic!



  1. Some interesting sites there on the corn link.

  2. I have always been interested in the history of corn. Granpa created his own hybrid by planting Reid's Yellow Dent beside Bloody Butcher. I am sure many other farmers did too. There are a few books out there on the subject, Leon Bird let me read one of his but I haven't assembled my own library on the subject. How our forefathers moved to America and learned to grow corn is an amazing story.