Wednesday, May 5, 2021
It’s a sunny but cool morning. We started the day out at 48ºF (9C). The high today is only supposed to reach 63ºF (17C), which is about 10 degrees below average. (I hesitate to use the word “normal” when referring to the weather) With that reduced temperature, the emerging seedling crops are moving rather slowly. In a little trip around to some fields this morning, I discovered that the latest-planted soybeans are just now cracking through the soil. It’s a good feeling to see them coming up. Warmer weather would be better. It has been a rainy week, and more is predicted for tomorrow and the weekend. Because of this rain, it can be confirmed that there will be some #replant21. Dozens of acres (at least so far) will need a touch up as soon as the fields dry out again.
I checked on the wheat this morning, too, and discovered that it is beginning to ‘head out’. It will soon need an application of fungicide. We hope the weather will allow that to occur as planned. Dad always told us we need “a cool, dry May” to make for a good wheat crop. Well, we have been experiencing the “cool” part; the dry part? –not so much yet. The wheat continues to look pretty good. It makes us hopeful for a good harvest next month. But it’s a long way from ‘done’.
We will continue to monitor the progress of the emerging crops. So far, so good!