Minnesota Farmer


What a spring!
June 26, 2018, 7:28 pm
Filed under: Corn, Farm, farm life, planting, rain, Soybeans, weather

This has been a wild spring!  First we had lots of snow that didn’t go away, then we had rain that would not quit.

Normally we want to start planting corn about April 23, but it was still cold and wet then.  I did finally get started planting on the 7th of May, but I only got 1 acre planted that day.  It wasn’t until the 18th of May that I finally got finished planting corn, a full 8 days later than our usual end of planting date.

I got right at it and started planting soybeans on the 20th of May, but then the skies opened up. The field I started to plant got over 4 inch of rainfall that night, and since it is near a creek, all of our neighbors water ran across that field.  It was not until the 5th of June before I could get back into that field.

Several times I tried to get soybean planting going again, but it was not until June first that I finally got another field planted.  The first week of June stayed mostly dry and I got all of the soybeans planted, about two weeks later than I wanted, but planted.

Between June 6 and June 11 we got 1.3 inches of rain, then 4 days in a row of no rain.  I started to get ready to kill some weeds.  Then the skies opened.  Between June 16 and June 21 we got 6.8 inches of rain, and we had flooded fields.

It is now June 26,  we still have water everywhere.  This is north of my dad’s buildings where about 3 feet of water is not going away.  We’ll lose crop here.  There’s a low spot in this bean field southeast of my house, and two ponds in view along my dad’s west fence line.  This spot was so wet last fall we could not get it harvested, it still has water in it today.  I’m actually amazed that the soybeans look good here since this field got two showers of over 4 inches.

My farm has gotten 9.6 inches of rain so far this month and more is forecast in a day or two.  This is definitely a spring for the record books.


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