Minnesota Farmer

Planting draws to a close
June 6, 2011, 10:33 pm
Filed under: Farm, Minnesota, planting, spring, tillage, weather | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Friday I got the call from Monsanto that our pre-foundation seed beans had arrived from Chili.  The field was worked and the two varieties were planted.  We are officially done with planting, almost.  Checking up on fields I discovered a spot where the planter had lost its drive chain and no beans were planted.  I’ll need to get some seed and get that part of the field planted.

When you drive across the area and look at fields you can see parts of fields that either had emergence problems or crop is missing for some other reason.  I’ve not found any of those on our fields, but some of the neighbors are busy patching in those spots.  Also showing up are areas where wind and water have eroded the ground and there is no crop.  Wind erosion spots are small, but some of the wet spots can be quite large.

Some of the neighbors are cutting and baling hay.  The dry weather we have had lately has been good for the alfalfa harvest.  It should be a good quality first cutting.

When the beans came from Monsanto I talked with the driver, his family was still trying to get their corn planted.  We are indeed lucky to be done with planting.

The forecast is for continued dry weather.  We’ve also been blessed with warm weather for the last few days.  The crops that are in the ground are growing quite fast.  Weeds are growing also.  It’s time to get started on weed control.  There’s plenty to do on the farm.



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