Friday, August 10, 2012

Rain makes the crops grow

Timely and adequate rainfall over the past few weeks really helped our silage crops, hay fields, and pastures, even while much of the country is still suffering through one of the worst droughts in many years. 

After a slow start, the corn and forage sorghum we planted late-May/early-June has really come along and isn't too far away from being ready to chop for silage.  With 65 acres worth of hay planned to harvest over the next six weeks, we're only 60 round bales away from matching all of last year's total. And even though it still has a long way to go, the forage sorghum and sudex we planted in mid-July is off to a good start and should prove to be a good crop if we can get "normal" weather conditions over the next 2-3 months.

our forage sorghum is averaging between 6'-7' in height and is beginning to  head

we have a good stand of silage corn, though we're expecting it to yield less tonnage than last year


Janice said...

Glad to see there is some sense of normalcy somewhere!

Unknown said...

Hi, Will! Been busy here. And we've had our own challenges over here, as well. But one of the things we're seeing is... Okra that was planted in May, rather than June... and corn that was planted in June, rather than May... it all seems to be doing a far cry better than the other crops planted at their normal advised times of the year. We began getting the afternoon showers and storms around 3rd week in June, which may have contributed to the help with the corn and silage. The soy here is looking awesome, better than I've seen in the past 3 years! And the Bees are back!!! We had one heck of an experience with a huge wild hive that split, then had to be rescued after their dead tree trunk was taken out by one of the storms. We ended up with some of the most wonderful honey I've ever tasted! Hope y'all are hanging in there. Best of luck!