Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Thoughts of Harvest
Everyone who asks me about our trip is jealous in a good way. They are happy for us though as we both earned it and they know we love to travel. I could go camping again as soon as I rest up a little more, ha ha.
I better focus on harvest though first. I can't wait to shell the first corn and see what the moisture and quality is. Aflatoxin is a problem in many places and I hope it isn't here. I don't think it is but I won't know until we shell some.
Today's picture is of Jeff Littrell's new headquarters for FHR farms south of Rochester, Minnesota. He and Keith Schlapkohl has the best corn I have been in across the country. It has had gypsum applied to the soil and 120 lbs of N and 3 foliar sprays by plane. Isn't that the greenest corn you have seen this year?
The husks are browning like they should so it won't be that long for harvest for him either but his corn will be normal maturity where almost every field in the nation died prematurely because of "the entity." I sure would like to be there tomorrow but I just have too much to do and I know where to find out what I need to know.
I was scouting soybeans this afternoon just south of Dayton on the busy US 35 4 lane. Those beans are dead and green as the soil has gravel under it and half of it prematurely died, too. The Asians are going to love the taste of those Pioneer 93B82 soybeans, their favorite soybean to eat. They are willing to pay a premium big enough for farmers to keep growing a 20 year old variety!
We finished up LuAnn's Cajun Gumbo tonight. She made it Sunday and we had so much we called another couple over and just ate gumbo and talked all evening. I would call what we had tonight muddy rice but I think the Cajuns call it dirty rice. I like muddy better because it does look like a good silt loam mud.
If you haven't kept up with Ag Talk there is a lot of interesting stuff on there. The crop page has something new and different on it every day. Today they talked about Monsanto's new triple stack 90-10 Refuge In a Bag.
We just took our evening walk and I have some big radish tubers already and the grass seed I sowed is coming up!
Before I go, check out these trees living one year in a 40 second show!
Have a good day and see you tomorrow.