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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Farming on July 4

Farmers enjoy a holiday as much as anyone else, but sometime they enjoy it by working. I remember BBQ, family and friends on the 4th, with maybe some beer and soda and fireworks thrown in.  I also remember baling hay, harvesting wheat, baling straw, feeding livestock, gathering eggs, and other farming activities.

Yesterday we enjoyed eating out, visiting relatives, minor league baseball, and Krispie Cream burgers.  Drier weather today gave me  a window to get some more sampling done today. I also saw all of our major ag suppliers out spraying.  Farmers were spraying, harvesting wheat, baling straw, and planting soybeans.  Some of the soybeans were first crop and some double crop. With more rain expected everyone with work to do seemed obligated to do it.

Have a Happy and safe Fourth,

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Montgomery and Macoupin Counties Road Trip

I took a road trip today to Raymond, Farmersville, Girard, Carlinville, Shipman, Gillespie and Litchfield. Some fields are very wet, some just kind of wet.  The fields I wanted to sample are too wet.

On the positive side, early corn is tasseling and silking in some areas. Early soybeans are looking ok where they re not drowned.  Uneven stands are the rule.  There is wheat to harvest, but between Vomitoxin and sprouting heads, it might not be worth much.  I know of one producer who destroyed his wheat because of vomitoxin.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

More on Wetness

I went to Vandalia today to do  septic tank investigation.  The photos below give some clue.  Crops are drowned and yellow.  Soybeans remain unplanted.  Major rivers are flooding and levees are over topping in some places.  I could be mistaken but so far, even though the rainfall pattern is similar to 1993, the amounts do not seem quite as large and we do get  a dry day once in a while. However, consider that at least in St. Louis, we are nearing a top 20 gauge reading.  In some tributaries, gauge readings have exceeded 1993 records.
Yellow and drowned corn

Yellow and drowned soybeans


Planter waiting for dry weather

Friday, June 26, 2015

Corn Harvest in Brazil

By Eduardo Paim:
Here in Mato Grosso we are beginning to harvest the second crop corn (called winter maize), maize this year received good rains and developed well. The first farms that are reaping are happy with the production from 140 to 150 bags per hectare, which is the same production of corn first crop.

Last 30 days we're not getting rain, unlike the year 2014 it rained the 12 months of the year in Mato Grosso. We are already accustomed to the drought that begins in May and ends in September. In 2014 we were very blessed with 12 months of rains.

Preparations for planting of the crop 2016 soybean have started, I think if everything goes normal in September or early October we'll be planting soybeans. Many producers were slow to buy their fertilizer and this should cause a delay in deliveries because now if all buy at the same time it can lead to higher freight rates.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Rainfall Past 7 Days

It seems like the rain has never stopped for the last 10 days.  The last 7 days have been especially rainy.  Below is from National Weather Service for the past 7 days.  Below I-70 there is a lot in the 6 to 10 inch range.  Most fields in our area have standing water all over.  The only good thing is that corn is getting big, so we can't see how bad it  looks.  IT looks like rain will continue this week.  Click to enlarge.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

So Far the Flood is Not near a Record

The top photo shows the River side of the levee near Columbia.  The bottom photo shows a releif well that is running.  The relief wells are installed to reduce the chances that water pressure will undermine the levees.  The water it is releasing is causing some crop damage.  The forecast is for a 37 foot crest in St. Louis.  That is 12 feet below the 1993 record.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Very Wet

The photo below shows the Mississippi River out of bank at Alton. I took a trip to Portage Des Sioux today and did not see any dry land.  I have not heard anyone talk prevented planting on soybeans, but it could happen.  The Missouri River is also out of bank.
Clark Bridge at Alton, IL