In farming, every year has its own set of unique challenges, but this year seems especially challenging.
Notes from my farmer’s planting book –
May 2, 2015 Corn planting is complete. It looks like nearly every seed that was planted came up. Warm and dry weather perfect for establishing a stand. Couldn’t look much better!
May 3, 2015 Right on time to start planting soybeans. Chances of rain next week. My wife says she saw a forecast for up to 5” of rain next week. Our truck driver says he’ll believe it when he sees it.
May 5, 2015 Rain. Nice break to work on equipment.
May 10, 2015 Still raining. Wife and the weatherman might have been right about 5” of rain.
May 17, 2015 A farmer friend posted on Facebook, “Rain, rain go away, come back on July 1st!”
May 21, 2015 Crazy as it sounds, we’re going to visit my wife’s family over Memorial Day Weekend. Never, ever believed that to be possible during planting.
May 25, 2015 Returned from wife’s family visit. It rained 3” while we were gone.
May 28, 2015 When was the last time I planted? The corn looks yellow. There are drowned out spots all over the fields. Only a few acres of soybeans have been planted and we’re well past the ideal time to plant soybeans.
June 1, 2015 More rain in the forecast?
June 5, 2015 The river is cresting, and will likely get out. Move equipment off fields by the river. Pull motors off pivots on the fields next to the river, otherwise, they will be ruined.
June 5, 2015 (afternoon) 10’ (yes, 10 foot) of water at the entrance of the field. Hope the river goes down quickly so the water can drain off the field soon. Guess I can go to my board meeting dinner tonight after all.
June 8, 2015 Three days of sun before a 70% chance of rain on Thursday. Start planting the sandy fields and hope for the best.
This too shall pass. It’s hard to know how this crop will turn out, but we’ll certainly work hard to get it planted and cared for. Harvest sure seems a long ways off when there are these kind of difficulties with planting!