#plant20 and #replant20 are done

Monday, July 6, 2020

Today, we finished all the planting for 2020.  PTL!  On Saturday-Sunday June 28 & 29, we received 3.4″ (86mm) of rain.  This was just after the DCB were planted.  Driving around yesterday, I discovered a few spots, mostly in the bottoms of WASCoBs where the newly-planted DCB had drowned out.  So, this morning we loaded some single bag units of AG 38X6 into the air drill, and I replanted those spots.  With that work, all planting for 2020 should be done.  After the replanting this morning, I washed the air drill (mostly the yellow wheels– it’s not #Andyclean).  Then, after lunch, I took it down to the quonset building at the Huey farm and placed it inside there, out of the sun.  It feels good to finally unhook from that machine.  It performed fairly well this spring/summer.   Now, the JD 9520R can be washed up and placed under roof, too.

JD 1890 -1910 no-till air drill ready for the trip to the quonset building at the Huey farm.

JD 9520R tractor is on the wash pad, ready for its summer clean-up. I’ve certainly seen it dirtier than this after planting time.

I had been concerned last week about the ‘stand’ of the DCBs.  I scouted the fields at 7 days post-planting, and I was not confident we would have enough soybeans get up through that wheat straw residue.  I looked again at 10 days, and felt a little better.  Then, I scouted those DCB fields once again yesterday afternoon.  I found not a perfect stand, but ‘good enough’.  Also, I found that the big rain of June 28-29 had drowned some DCB in the basins of the WASCoBs, leading to the little bit of replant today.

DCB emerging

John is out spraying some soybeans with Roundup and Delaro (a fungicide) today.  Brandon is out on the Gator, cleaning up some roadsides and ditch banks with some special herbicide (Outrider) that stops johnsongrass but allows the fescue to remain.

After a little spraying work last Saturday morning, John performs the 50-hour lubrication service on the JD 4730 sprayer.

Should I mention that the holiday weekend was a hot one?  Got up to the mid 90s Saturday and Sunday.   It is 93ºF  this afternoon.  The humidity is high, making the ‘feels like’ temperature 104ºF (40C).  To add to the discomfort, there is barely any breeze, <2mph.   The standing corn and soybeans are still benefiting from that big rain 2 weeks ago, not showing that ‘rolled up’ or ‘pineapple’ look– at least not yet.  We have a 40% chance of rain tomorrow, and if it comes, that’ll be okay.

My next project will involve getting the bush hog going again, beautifying some of the roadsides and waterways.

The corn is about at 50-60% tasseled, and looking quite good.  It may be a bit too warm to have effective pollination, but the nights do cool down to about 70ºF  (21C).  The soybeans are blooming profusely, and the earliest ones are beginning to set pods.  The DCB are now emerging, and will soon grow above and hide the wheat residue.  That residue also makes for a moisture-conserving mulch.

Tassels are out, and the sweet aroma of the corn fills the air.

Soybeans are blooming, and if you look closely, you can see the tiny beginnings of some pods.

Not a perfect stand, but better than ‘just okay’

Tomorrow will bring a trip to the Knox County FSA to ‘certify’ all plantings. That process has been altered somewhat by the COVID-19 effect on the operation of that office.  We did some preliminary work by email with my excel sheet and their maps.  I think we are ready for the signatures, but we will find out for sure tomorrow.

A good start to this first full week of July, 2020.

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