This last week or two I have been wondering, why do I even write this blog? I see the readership numbers but do they really know how I pour out my heart, soul and prayer on this effort? Do they really read it and get anything out of it? I started writing this for my own therapy and if it helps one soul, I guess it is worth it.
I got a phone call from Jerry in Iowa yesterday. I called him back today and he reminded me why I do this. It is not only therapuetic to me, but to others, also.
I write to give you encouragement. That goes for Jerry and everyone else reading this blog. I encourage you to give me topics and ask questions! Jerry has been reading for awhile and we know a lot of the same people so we talked about almost everything I've written here in 4 years. I ask Jerry and all readers to go back and read the older blogs, they are still current today! Some things have changed because we learned more and other things haven't, we just need to put them into practice more.
One thing we did talk about was this calcium, nitrate, sulfur relationship. We need to try the proven programs and experiment a little and find out what works best for us. I still don't have a constant source of ammonium nitrate so I am fudging a lot. That is why I went to Midwest Labs, because the popular Mehlich III soil test results were confusing me. The numbers have too many fudged numbers in them because of that quick and dirty soil test. I like the slower, higher priced extraction method better.
I've not seen anything more effective for the dollar or the effort than Jeff's 2 gallon of liquid calcium nitrate applied 2 inches off the row with 8 gallons of structured water. The farms that switched to that one little idea reported 19 bushels more corn per acre.
Thanks Jerry for the encouragement back. That will keep me going awhile and I hope to see you before the Farm to Plate Conference in Riverside, Iowa December 10-14.
Today's picture is 3 years ago today. There isn't any corn around here that size today but unlike some of the midwest we do have it planted.