Sunday, April 21, 2013
Purple Cross With A Red Tail
What are you doing this beautiful but cold Sunday morning? It isn't time to plant here but the wheat has all been fertilized and looks excellent. More farmers are fearing the loss of their wheat crop due to the cold temperatures. We have a freeze warning here and it is 33 degrees at our house at sunrise.
My friend HP in Illinois showed his wheat top dressing buggy. I think it is really neat, take a look. It's a good thread too about spreading dry fertilizer as topdress on wheat. A farmer could spread all his nitrogen and other needed fertilizers this way or fill in any skips or wet spots that got missed or banded improperly and really boost his yield. I have told you the only time I broke 100 bushels, sad to say, was in 1985 when my FFA students and I spread ammonia nitrate in the spreader middles with a Cyclone seeder. I intend to do a little more of that too my wheat soon though it looks evenly spread.
Speaking of ammonia nitrate, what caused that terrible explosion at that fertilizer plant in West, Texas? We really need to know so we make sure that never happens again. Ammonia nitrate is hard enough to source now and we don't need any more problems. Those people and others have suffered enough already. There are many threads on NAT already.
We got to see Brynn's Kindergarten program this week and Liam's second grade program Friday night. Brynn made the best mother duck you ever saw and Liam spoke out in that beautiful God given voice of his over the microphone. He said it scared him to hear his voice bounce off the wooden walls of that room.
The best part was when we got to Cleveland and was there awhile, just chatting with Becky and Liam. Finn woke up from his nap, came down the stairs and opened the door. He saw me and I grinned at him and he grinned at me and ran at with such impact it nearly knocked me over. Wish we had a picture of that, let alone a movie clip!
Have a great Sunday and a good week!