Tuesday, November 7, 2017
The wheat crop is off to a good start. I checked out each field yesterday, and found a nice, thick stand, with a healthy green color. It’s ready to face the winter’s chill. We have discussed with our CPS consultant, Greg Anthis, the plan for managing this wheat crop. We will be stepping up our management, with a view to increasing the yield. It will receive a fungicide treatment at flowering, a nitrogen boost in late winter, and a herbicide application in very early spring. Conditions will tell us if an insecticide treatment is required. The nitrogen will be an extended-release urea form that will feed the wheat over a longer period of time. No, this is not as intensive as European wheat producers, but it is a step up for us.
Our cover crop strips have all emerged and are beginning to perform their erosion protection task. It was a relief yesterday to see the latest-planted strips of oats coming up on the Steen farm. I was concerned that the cooler weather would not let that get started, and we would not achieve the results we wanted. But, now, it appears that it’s going to be okay.
John is busy in the shop repainting the white wheels on one of our older grain trailers. He keeps things in tip-top shape.
It’s a wet and gray day in SWIN today. It’s the kind of day that makes you happy that harvesting is complete, and the grain is in the bins. Harvest is pretty much wrapped up all across SWIN, but we hear reports that in other areas, there is still much to bring in. Our hearts go out to those farmers. We know what it’s like to have to work in the mud or on the freeze. You do what you gotta do.