May 6, 2019
Wow! What a lovely day Monday has bought us! There is a gentle breeze and it is 71ºF (22C). I took the Gator over to the Shake farm to see if it would be possible on this bright, sunny day to apply some soybean burndown there. The correct answer is, “No. Not yet.” Maybe tomorrow–evening. The fields are still pretty saturated, and there are spots with water standing. No, we cannot wait for perfect conditions, but it is just not possible to get across any of our fields today.
Brandon is cleaning up the ‘Vanna’ truck today. He also scooped out the sump in the shop, to improve how the water leaves the shop. Stuff like that keeps us occupied while we wait to return to the fields.
We have had a couple special visitors to the farm recently. Saturday, while it was pouring down rain, David and Laura Cutter from western NY state came by for a visit. We spent some hours with them before they departed on Saturday afternoon. It was just a pleasant time to discuss similarities among our families, and how our businesses face whatever challenges come our way. Dave has experience as a farmer, and now operates a landscape/lawn maintenance business. We compared notes on how the wet weather we are experiencing has been affecting them, too. We had a good time together, despite the rainy day. Dave called today. They arrived back home Sunday night. He reported that he observed zero progress in planting… from here, all the way home! It’s just wet all over the eastern corn belt.
Today, Sid and Betty Borden from north Alabama stopped by for a brief visit. Sid and Betty are enjoying some days of travel through the Midwest. They became aware of us through this website, and we are happy he contacted us. It was a very pleasant thing to visit with Sid and Betty, and share our stories with each other.
What a blessing that this technology has introduced us to these two wonderful families!