Tuesday, July 7, 2015

June: The Month of Unpredictability


June is always a bit of a mixed bag.  Everything is kind of unpredictable.  We have a lot of jobs that need to get done, but we are not focused on just the task at hand as we are during planting and harvest.  Instead, we have a varied to-do list.  Here is a few of the things we accomplished:

My father-in-law and I side-dressed our corn with dry fertilizer to give the plants a boost of nitrogen.

Using our fertilizer spreader to side-dress corn with nitrogen.

Travis finished spraying all of our corn and soybean fields.

Levi did not help Travis spray the fields,
but he'll loves getting a ride in the farmyard.

We even went on a family vacation!  (Upcoming blog post.)

The June weather also bring some unpredictability into our workload.  As the temperature heats up from spring to summer, we experience more severe weather.

On June 27th, a strong thunderstorm producing hail rolled across our part of the prairie.  Just about an hour before this photo was taken, the boys and I were playing outside in the yard when I decided it was best to start collecting our things and get inside the house.  I watched as the clouds began to grow, and checked my phone regularly.

Watching the storm pass from our farm driveway.

The storm did not hit our farmstead, and it was amazing to watch.  But it was also very unsettling knowing it was hitting some of the fields and our small town.

Travis and his dad went to check on our soybean fields north of town after the storm had moved on.  Even though an hour had passed, there was still golf ball sized hail on the ground.

Golf ball sized hail an hour after the storm.

A couple of our soybean fields were hit hard.  The hail shredded off the upper leaves on the plants.  This type of damage can be devastating depending on the amount of cropland that is hit, but we are thankful that no one was hurt.  It is also a reminder of why we invest in crop insurance.

Hail damaged soybeans.

We will not be replanting these soybean fields.  It is quite late in our growing season to benefit from replanting, and the plants may produce some of a crop since the lower leaves are still attached to the stem.

We'll continue to check all of our crops (and the weather) and anticipate the upcoming harvest.


Until next month,

Dana

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