Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Yes, we would like it to rain. The remnants of Tropical Storm Christobal are predicted to arrive here in SWIN today, and we really hope that happens. Of course, we don’t want a ‘toad-strangler’, but a nice 1/2 to 1 inch would be terrific. All the crops need a little drink, especially those corn and soybean fields that were replanted on June 1 & 2. The radar looks promising.
In the meantime, we are tidying up the place. We have taken the bush hog on the little JD 7130 tractor and mowed many of the roadsides and ditch levees, last week and this week. There are some more places to go, but it’s a good start.
We are also washing up the equipment after the planting season. The JD 9360R was washed yesterday, and today, Brandon has the CIH 2150 corn planter on the wash pad. It’s pretty windy today, and that may limit how much he can do. Even so, we hope the task is interrupted by a rain!
John has the post-emerge spraying ‘caught up’. He worked very diligently and carefully as he was applying the herbicides over the top of the corn and soybeans. The soybean task took on a bit of some confusion in that unexpected ruling by the 9th Circuit Court, vacating the label approval of most dicamba formulations. Clarification was provided by the Indiana Office of the State Chemist. OISC is Indiana’s governing body over pesticide use, and it is located at Purdue University. John was able to complete his use of the dicamba under that ruling. OISC does not permit the application of any dicamba product after June 20, so we were getting down to the deadline anyway.
Last Sunday afternoon, we participated in a ‘birthday parade’ to celebrate the 80th birthday of a neighbor and church friend, Nelson Ruble. The parade was assembled at South Knox Elementary School, and then moved up Robinson Road to pass by Nelson’s house. It was a fun time, and we think it was a happy thing for him.
As I was running the bush hog Monday morning, I discovered some spray-drift damage to a small area of soybeans at the Freddie farm. I had not noticed that damage on Saturday, when I was there in the water truck in support of John and his sprayer. I sent a picture to our main consultant, Greg Anthis of Nutrien, and he suggested some damage from Laudis or atrazine. I think it probably drifted in from the neighbor’s corn field. So, I took the soybean planter down to Freddie yesterday afternoon and replanted that small area (5.2 acres). Also in the area were some soybeans I had replanted there on June 1, and those were coming up and looking okay. So, it was just a small area of damage, and the replanting should fill in the gap.
If you drive around the fields this week, most of the crops look pretty good. The corn is now consuming more nitrogen, and it is becoming a deeper, richer green. The earliest soybean fields have the rows “closed” and that will help compete with any weed. The wheat is now more golden-colored than green. Harvest is not many days away. We are grateful for the relative health of the crops at this time of the growing season.