Car window appraisal finds more flooded corn, empty fields

Car window appraisal finds more flooded corn, empty fields

Despite issues with Mother Nature, we may actually enjoy a relaxing summer and happy Fourth of July.

There isn't a lot going on this week on the farm. This will be a short week. We have been hauling non-GMO corn to the mill and bringing recently released (unused) seed beans back to the processor.

You can choose a different route every day, but all the fields are distressed and more or less look the same. I don't feel as bad with the realization that we're all in the same boat. After all, there isn't really anything we can do about excessive rainfall, even system drained fields are not designed for these events.

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Despite issues with Mother Nature, we may actually enjoy a relaxing summer and happy Fourth of July.

It was also nice to see the markets make a turn this week. For many of us, this felt long overdue. However, I'm told if you run the numbers, only a slight yield reduction in soybeans puts us back in a position where the market must ration soybeans. I believe that to be accurate.

A trip Cleveland last weekend showed many fields along I80/90 and US30 were not, and likely will not be planted this year. A "car window appraisal" shows some stretches to be as high as 30% bare fields. It also looked as though Toledo/Maumee area had rain last weekend similar to what we did a couple weeks ago. Fields were covered in water.

Corn may be in a similar position to expect yield reductions. Genetically, corn is similar to grass. We all know how resilient grasses can be. However, the current debate centers on how much a corn crop can recover. It appears we may have a full week with little to no rain here. It will be interesting to see if the crop begins looking better. Some corn will not make the 'knee high by the 4th of July'.

To the south at our Amboy farm, we were finally able to get fertilizer flown on yesterday. The custom operator reported to us more than 20" of rain was received there in June alone. I guess we'll just call that farm our extreme agronomy experiment.

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Despite the crop conditions, this summer has actually been enjoyable. We haven't had to be chasing irrigation systems at all times of the day, pushing to keep everything running. This may be the only year I wasn't away at basketball officiating camp glued to my phone checking status of irrigation.

Our kids have been involved in tee ball and softball for the first time. I have been able to go to the games and watch them play. I will admit, it took a couple tee ball games before I learned how to appreciate the game by finding the humor in it! We look forward to seeing the kids ride a float in the Argos parade Saturday.

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