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Sunday, July 27, 2014

In the Land of Cotton

I always enjoy visiting different parts of the country and seeing what is grown and how it is grown.  Rainfall is 22.5 inches so water conservation is important. Main crops in the area besides cotton are peanuts and wheat. 
An old Welcome Mat

Ia am told the Cotton Crop is looking good

Cotton Stripper

Summer Fallow for Water Conservation

Skip Rows for Water Conservation

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Western Oklahoma

View in Western Oklahoma near Cheyenne.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Travelling thru Missouri

We traveled through Missouri today.  We were not exactly in the heart of the Missouri crop belt, but crops we saw were in need of water.  It has been a number of years since we have traveled I-44.  There seemed to be more grapes than ever in the St. James area.  Posts may sporadic for a few days because we are on vacation.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Soybean Aphids

We have not heard a lot of reports of soybean aphid problems this year, but scouting should continue until maybe mid-August.  Iowa State University offers details in this bulletin

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Deer Damaged Corn

Corn below has a little bit of deer damage and  little bit of wind damage.  Deer are feeding very close to the house.  I don't think this qualifies, but there are nuisance permits available to kill deer doing serious damage. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Comments on Weather and Crop Report

This week's Weather and Crop Report still shows over 80% of the corn crop in good or excellent condition.  I my area we are start to see dry weather stress.  I am sure it does not qualify as drought yet.  Soybeans are over 75% good or excellent.  Again in my area, they need some rain.  I went to Monroe County today and saw a lot of nice looking crops, but to have top yields, we need some rain. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

On Farm Grain Storage

On farm grain storage has been around as long as there have been farmers.  This Prairie Farmer Article discusses the advantages.  In recent years there seems to be a movement toward larger bins in a central location.  An advantage could be access in the winter and the need to check fewer location.  Storage in or near the field on the other hand provides for short hauls during harvest and keeping  grain from different landlords separate.  Storage also adds flexibility in marketing.