Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
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
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
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
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.
- Wait till soil temperatures are at 50 degrees for good
- Use nitrification inhibitor
- Use anly ammonia products
- Wait for favorable moisture conditions