Wednesday, April 14, 2021
It’s chilly out there this morning. It’s a gray, overcast kind of day. When the temperatures only get into the low 60s and the skies are cloudy, the soil surfaces don’t dry out very quickly. And we’ve had some sprinkles of rain yesterday and last night. We are still waiting for conditions that will allow a return to soybean planting, and a start to corn planting. During this period, though, John has pushed the envelope a bit to apply burndown herbicides to some corn acres. He finds an occasional soft spot in most fields, but with the relatively calm winds, he feels the need to push on and get some corn acres covered. Last week, it was just too windy most days to use the sprayer, so when the wind is not a limiting factor, he utilizes this opportunity to lay down some corn field herbicides. It’s always a juggling act, to try to balance your hope for ideal soil conditions with the urgency to get the acres covered.
I checked on the soybeans that were planted last Friday. The little seeds are just beginning to shoot out a little root. Most are about an inch to an inch-and-a-quarter down into the soil. It will still take several warm days for the cotyledons to push up through the soil. Soybeans seem to take the cool, moist soils better than corn.
Back on Monday, we met with our wheat consultants, Greg Anthis and Landon Taylor. We discovered some skips in the 2nd nitrogen application, and Greg will do some corrective work to fix that. We found the wheat is in very good condition, and we are still hopeful for improved yields. The herbicide/fungicide application went on at a good time. There will be one more fungicide treatment, just as the wheat heads emerge from the top of the stalks. We would prefer to apply that with our own R4044, but if the conditions require, we may have to utilize an aerial application. The timing of that fungicide treatment is very critical, with a very small window of opportunity.
All in all, #plant21 is going pretty well so far. We know warmer days are ahead. We are ready to get those planters rolling.