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Monday, March 30, 2009


It was a sloppy day today. the morning started with about and inch of frost in the ground. Some snow left from 6 inches received yesterday. I predict at least a week until planters roll, but I did see someone getting ready today. Rain is in the forecast for tomorrow, so that will dampen those spirits. I was covered with mud today as was my ATV. It would have been too wet if crops had been planted.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Third Day

This was my third day in a row in the field. It is still cool, and no corn planters were going withing my view. Today was cold enough that the Carhart bibs were comfortable. Some people were applying Nitrogen and some applying dry fertilizer. I have not checked soil temperature, but will start next week.

Friday, March 20, 2009


Early spring has arrived in South Central Illinois. daffodils are blooming. Temperatures are warmer. Sunshine is bright. We have had about 1/2 inch of rain again. Did some sampling on Monday. Soil is more than moist enough despite the fact that we have not had a lot of rain in over a month.

Today I put a fence around the garden. Peter Cottontail is eating the broccoli.

I know we will have some cold weather, but will enjoy it for now. Two meeting days remain and then we will be hitting the field in seriousness.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Had 1/2 inch of rain on Wednesday. Weather has been warm, but cooled off the last few days. Soil Temperature at 10AM is 32 degrees F. Attended a Precision Planting Workshop in Nokomis. We don't endorse products, but I will say that people should look into what they have to say.

Monday, March 9, 2009


My wife planted early spring vegetables yesterday. Lettuce, radishes, spinach and peas. We missed a rather violent storm and the ground was dry enough, so she planted. I helped a bit. Have meetings tommorrow, next week and the 24th. Learning about new livestock waste regulations on the 24th.

Saturday, March 7, 2009


Spring seems to be making an attempt to push in. Weather yesterday and today was warm. Crocus popped out today. Seems to be a bit wet still. but the top is drying off. Frost seems to be out. Two weeks from now we may be hearing about crazy people planting corn. In three or four weeks, the sane people will start. We might start sampling soon if the weather holds. I suspect we are in for a bit more wet and cool before it is time to go to work. Also have a few more "winter" meeting so attend yet.