I recently posted this picture of amassed corn stalk residue on my The Farmer’s Life facebook page with the description “Water has caused crop residue to accumulate in some areas creating a thick mat. In our no-till fields. We may have to burn a few of these to assist the planter in placing seed correctly.” [...]
Last September we seeded our first round of cover crops on roughly 200 acres. These crops that we will never harvest are probably the most exciting thing on the farm right now for me. What is a Cover Crop A cover crop does just what it says. It covers the soil during the period between [...]
The Southern part of our county experienced a large hail storm two days ago. The storm caused some significant damage to crops. I went for a drive this afternoon so I figured I would drive to the affected area and snap a few pictures. Harvest is going to be difficult due to the damage not [...]
Farms tend to accumulate scrap metal over time. A few times a year we load the dump truck with junk and haul it to the scrap yard where they recycle the metal. Today we have less junk (almost none actually) in the old hog lot, and $104 more in our pockets. Easy!
About two weeks ago we learned USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse was going to be touring the Midwest surveying the effect of drought and extreme heat across the Corn Belt. Our farm ended up as a stop on the tour because my sister, who recently starting working at our local FSA office, suggested [...]
A quick post to get you readers up to speed. I’m barely up to speed myself as all this has happened quite quickly. About two weeks ago we found out USDA Undersecretary Michael Scuse was going to be touring drought stricken areas of the Midwest. Thanks to my sister who recently began a new career [...]