It seems incredible that we are having such a hard time
trying to get the wheat harvested due to the cool, wet weather in the single
digits of July. I believe the weatherman said the last time our area had a
stretch of weather like this in July was in 1968. And I can honestly say I do
not remember it. You can insert your “young pup” jokes here, please!
The Fourth of July afforded the guys the ability to get the
second wheat field harvested. It made 83 bushels per acre at 17 percent
moisture. The straw was left in nice, big windrows to be square-baled by our
friend, Bill Richardson, for himself and other folks, with the remainder to be
left and round-baled by some friends from Michigan. With the lingering moisture
and some pop-up showers, the baling ended up taking place on July 7 and 8. The
double-crop beans were drilled on July 8, and they shouldn’t have any trouble
each finding the moisture to swell and burst forth cotyledons.
Friends from Michigan round-baling, you say? Yes, and I am
glad they are. We don’t have livestock. In fact, with the exception of small,
isolated herds here and there, livestock are just not abundant in the area. It’s
such a shame to just chop all that beautiful, clean, golden straw behind the
combine when it can be baled and used for bedding. So bedding for Michigan dairy
cows was made today — it may be so great they will start their own commercials
about happy cows being from Michigan, and it’s all because of the good night’s
sleep they get on their sweet Illinois straw. It could happen.
Sprayers of all shapes and sizes are out and about in the
bean fields, trying to get a handle on the thriving weeds. Not only are they in
the fields, weeds are creeping up along the roadsides again and around every
imaginable post, fence and whatnot in the yard where the lawnmower can’t reach.
Bart prefers liquid weed-eating to the “idiot stick,” as he refers to it. Either
way, it needs to be done again, Sweetie.
Emerald green and reaching skyward describes the corn. All
the area fields are pre-tassel. However, with the plentiful moisture and upper
80-degree weather predicted over the next couple days, it surely won’t be long
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