We worked on some tile repairs, some fencerow maintenance and we are finishing up our last farm for soil testing. That’s about the extent of the field work.
With the cover crops, we do not really want to spray right now with the rain coming in. We won’t be able to plant right after so we want to hold off on spraying. We are sort of in a holding pattern now because we don’t really do any tillage work so we are finishing up additions to our planter and moving seed.
The cover crops are looking much better. The fields that were thin are filling in. It is mainly the ryegrass that is growing in right now. I don’t see a lot of other species really growing much out there yet.
After this series of rains this week, I would guess that we could get going next week. There is an 80% chance of rain tomorrow and Wednesday and some chance on Thursday and Friday. Next week looks pretty good for us and we’ll be ready to roll at that time.
I took a soil temperature reading yesterday and it was 40 degrees at four inches in the morning and that is about what the weather maps are showing too. For mid-day it is only getting up to 47 to 49 degrees. That is not warm enough to facilitate germination and with the outlook of rainy weather, that could be really scary.
I saw there was some anhydrous going on around the state and maybe some spraying over the weekend but that is about the extent of it. After this weather pattern goes through we’ll be ready to go.
We are finishing up some variable rate seeding maps and implementing farm management software this year and I am trying to gets guys trained on that too. I like to get started in April but I am not nervous yet. We can get planted fairly quickly. I want to see soil temperatures in the 50- to 55-degree range so we can get the crops up and growing quickly.