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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cover Crop Looking Good

The Annual Ryegrass cover crop below was planted in Mid-September.  Seed was incorporated by Turbo-Till.  It looks very good.  Nearby fields planted around October 1 are not quite this far along.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Getting Ready to Sow Wheat

Today I was sampling a field that was being prepared for wheat sowing with a Turbo-Till verticle tillage tool.  Wheat will be sowed tomorrow. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Comments Illinois Weather and Crop Report

Illinois Weather and Crop report shows 43% of corn harvested and 37% of soybeans harvested.  In our area, WSW, 54% of corn harvested and 34% of soybeans harvest.  We were in Christian, Fayette, and Montgomery County today.  The 54% and 34% seem to fit. There were lots of combines in the field today and they started early.  We had very little dew today.  At this point people are switching to soybeans.  We did see one wheat field that was emerged, but most who want to plant wheat will be trying to get that done this week along with  lots of harvesting. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Should Consumers be able to Buy Raw Milk?

The Sunday Post-Dispatch wrote and article entitled "Raw Milk Debate Heating Up".  Dairy is not my expertise, but it is about agriculture.  The story goes into some of politics of the debate.  Regulators would like to regulate, but producers and consumers say that regulations would make the sale of raw milk by small producers nearly impossible.  When it comes to food, my opinion in general is that people should be able use any food product they want whether 64 ounce cola's or raw milk, or a lot of things in between.  The health benefits of raw milk may outweigh the risk of illness.  People who have an opinion will need to be active with their state representatives to preserve the right to buy raw milk. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Corn Crib

Northern Montgomery County Corn Crib. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Combines moving

I saw a combine in the field today on my way home from Springfield.  Dust was flying, but I am sure the ground is very wet. The one below has been parked for about 10 days.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Nitrogen Application Again

Today I saw two anhydrous nurse tanks leaving a supplier where I was working.  This raises some concerns on my part. 
  • First the soil temperature is above 50 degrees and probably warming up in the next few days. 
  • Second, our soils are very wet.  I am concerned that the slit will not seal properly
  • Third, if the soil does fix the nitrogen, it could start to denitrify immediately because of the wetness.
Famers and suppliers should both be cautious about fall nitrogen applications.
  • Wait till soil temperatures are at 50 degrees for good
  • Use nitrification inhibitor
  • Use anly ammonia products
  •  Wait for favorable moisture conditions