Friday, July 24, 2020
It has been a busy week, but not hectic. Not so busy I cannot be home for supper. So, we were occupied, but not like planting or harvest seasons.
Late last week and early this week, I spent several days in the JD 7130 working the bush hog on roadsides. INDOT does not fully mow the whole right-of-way of US 50 in recent years, so like other farmers, I mow along our fields that border that highway. It sure makes it look nice for about a month, and it makes me feel better, too. We also mow along our other fields that border blacktop or gravel county roads. Even those roads in the White River bottoms that are rarely traveled (except for the goings and comings of farmers) get a grooming at least once a summer, maybe even twice. I think it makes me feel like I’m ‘paying attention’ to our fields, by making them look ‘cared for’– because they are.
Brandon is back from his honeymoon trip and he is working on servicing the trucks. All of them get attention before fall harvest. (Engine oil changes, greasing, and a thorough cleaning) He has replaced some suspension air bags on the “Pete”. He says the combines will come out next week to be cleaned, serviced, and prepared for corn and soybean harvesting. And among all his cleaning, lubricating, and servicing, he helps locate the water truck for John who is spraying the double-crop soybeans (DCB). It certainly helps the spraying progress to position the water truck nearby. The DCB have been in the ground and growing for approximately a month, and we were beginning to see some johnsongrass appear above the crop canopy. This application of Roundup WeatherMAX that John is applying should clean that up very well. It is our hope that we can declare these DCB to be “laid by”– meaning they won’t need further field operations until harvest.
I haven’t been able to catch a glimpse of the comet that is apparently visible during this month. But I have seen some really spectacular sunsets. Many of our nights have been cloudy for the past week or so, and we have received some really good rains. Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, most of our fields received 2″ (50mm) rain with the others receiving about 1.7″ (43mm). It was really welcome and we are thankful. We are still seeing no moisture stress (you know, when the corn leaves roll up and look like pineapple plants). We have been commenting about the heat, but most days have been in the upper 80s with a few days in the low 90s. For July, that’s really not too bad. We have not hit the upper 90s or 100ºF yet. One thing we like to talk about is the humidity. In SWIN, it can be quite high. That makes for the “heat index” or the “feels like” temperature even higher, sometimes cracking over 100ºF! The highest heat index I’ve seen this month has been 106. But if you can get into the shade and feel a little breeze, it’s not so bad… at least during the day. I must admit I am very grateful for the central A/C in our house. That sure makes for comfortable times when I get back home.
Our Knox County Fair was cancelled this year. Instead, this week, the 4-H exhibits and livestock show were held, but with limited attendance. The events were live-streamed out on the internet by local media outlets. Another big change from this unusual year.
All of us at Carnahan & Sons wish you a happy weekend.