Each year we face different challenges during the planting season. I have experienced many different times when farmers just want to change their plans because of some unexpected situation. My advice is to follow your plan. You have spent months developing your plan for each field.
For example, if you have prepared your plan to use fungicide on corn and soybeans, you should not move away from that plan even though you may have planted later than expected. If you have planned an application, don’t cancel using the products, just adjust the timing of the application. OverRead more
This is shaping up to be one of those planting seasons that we will be talking about for years to come! Hopefully, weather patterns will cooperate throughout the rest of the season and we will be fine. I recall talking to an old-timer last year about this time and the dry weather that was approaching and the planting challenges we were facing. He comment was this – "I remember a year when I started farming that was similar to this in early summer. I don’t remember how it turned out, but I’m still here!"
In the midst of the busy planting and replanting, we have also been working on ways that weRead more
A summer annual in your rotation is a great way to provide relief for your permanent pastures. Sorghum Sudan grass, hybrid Sudan grass, or a hybrid pearl millet are all great products. If you manage your grazing times, you can get much more return per acre with an annual in the rotation. With a little moisture and heat, a summer annual can easily make up for your summer slump.
Average seed cost per acre will between $40-$80 with a yield ranging from 3 to 8 tons of dry matter, depending on proper management and fertility.
“Turn-out” time on these grasses will be at a height of 18
“Wow” it is wet. It is amazing how this has been going on all spring for many farmers, but it is still the number one conversation topic. I am providing a link that Ryan Bell (our Seed Specialist in Covington Indiana) forwarded around earlier this month. The article was written the beginning of May, but it is still very relevant at this time. Be sure to read this article before you switch maturities and risk giving up yield. Every circumstance has its own little twist, but in general it can cost you more yield/profit switching later in the season than it does during normal planting dates.Read more
Our challenges have started early this year. Planting has been delayed by at least a month in most locations and longer in other places. Time to breathe easy? Not likely for farmers because now that corn planting is wrapping up in some places and just getting going in others, we are now faced with a new challenge, the possibility of having some Black Cutworms or Armyworms working on our already late planted corn.
So why are we so concerned this year about these insects and why may we have issues with them? The answer is simple; this year we had a very cool and wet start to spring delaying mostRead more
Every year people ask us what options they have with a thin hay field in May. It is being asked with a lot more concern this year than it has been in years past. Here is the best option for a field that is in its last year or two of production. Take the first cutting for hay, let it grow back enough to burn it down with a herbicide and then plant it to a summer annual. I recommend one of the following summer annuals: Sorghum Sudan Grass, Forage Sorghum, Sudan Hybrid, Hybrid Pearl Millet. They all fit different needs and can provide an excellent source of very good quality forage. Here are someRead more
The Evergraze white clover is a high yielding, easy to establish ladino white clover. This variety works great in close grazing situations and is very persistant even in dry climates. Click here for Evergraze tech sheet. White clover is seeded at approximately 4 to 6 pounds per acre.
PGI 33 is a high yielding, 3 year red clover. Developed for the Midwest, PGI 33 competes well against most grasses making it an excellent choice for haying and pasture. ClickRead more