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AJ Baltes, July 23

We could use an inch or two of rain now. We got a couple quick showers for maybe a half-inch total this weekend and we had a quick shower last Monday.

We are dry but the beans haven’t really showed too much stress yet and the corn is kind of hit and miss. The later planted stuff is starting to show some stress but the early stuff must have pretty good root systems.

I help some guys chop some corn around here and some of the early-planted stuff might be about a normal time for chopping around Labor Day. But there will be quite a bit that is later this year.

Alfalfa is still looking good. I know quite a few guys have been spraying for leaf hopper. I think a few guys laid out their third cutting. I think most of the first cutting grass hay is done now.

We only have a little alfalfa. We do pretty much all grass hay. There is a little bit we will get some second cutting out of once the rains go through but the majority of the grass hay is not growing much. It really depends on the rains.

We have cover crops planted in all of the wheat fields and we have the straw baled. The cover crops are starting to come up and with this rain it will help. We have a 15- or 16-way cover crop mix out there now with ryegrass, a couple different peas, sunn hemp, sudangrass, millet, buckwheat and others. Oats is the highest rate and it is only 10 pounds of seed per acre. It is around $20 an acre for what we put out. Half to three quarters of the mix will die and then we’ll just really have the ryegrass and clover that comes back.

The beans are flowering and the earliest planted beans are setting pods. Some of the beans are aborting flowers because it was getting dry, but this moisture is going to help get them going again.

There is some really early corn starting to tassel. For the most part, though, there is a lot of corn that hasn’t even set tassels yet.


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