On another note, our office administrator Brooke would like to wish everyone a successful farming season! She is the glue that holds the organization together.
Hobbies Include: Keeping the rabble in line, poking fun at the salesmen, and stepping on throats to get tasks done!
The current weather has permitted us time to change many of our tender trucks and TerraGators from dry capabilities to liquid capabilities. <Third week of April, most farmers haven’t started planning, 1″ rain in past couple days, cold and windy today>
This year will definitely have an early harvest. Most of the soybean fields in the area are losing their leaves while the corn completes its transition to brown. Corn tested today, which won’t be harvested for a couple weeks, was approximately 23%-25% moisture. This harvest will also allow us to determine the extent of the damage of last spring/summer’s excessive rainfall. All we can hope for now is a dry harvest.
Although the original plan was to use helicopters, they became too backlogged to apply our fields in time. So, we switched to Plan B — Planes. The company we had aerially apply the fungicide was top notch; they were there for us on short notice and did an extraordinary job. We will definitely use them in the future. All that’s left this summer is some spraying of insecticides, fungicides, and/or herbicides on soybeans. Then, it will be Fulton County Fair time!
Actually, that is not entirely true. We won’t be spraying with the JD 4830s until the soil dries in the soybean fields. What we are going to do in the meantime is contract with a company to spray Headline AMP, a fungicide, on some of this (formerly) waterlogged corn via helicopter. The window to spray this dual disease control fungicide to get full benefit is about to open (just post tassel) and lasts 10 to 14 days. After that, the advantage of applying late season fungicide diminishes.
“A dry year will scare you to death, but a wet year will starve you to death.” – Common Saying Among Farmers
The large amounts of rain we’ve had over the past couple of weeks have made sidedressing and spraying corn fields nearly impossible. The window for those operations is closing fast. The remaining fields that didn’t get ammonia will have to be sprayed with 28% between the row (plan B). The more mature corn fields seem to fair better against the down pours than the less mature ones. However, corn fields, like the one above, are a sight for sore eyes. It’s nice to see dark green and an even stand. Now, it is in mother nature’s hands to take it the rest of the way.
Last week, weather forecasters were predicting 2+” of rain for this past weekend. Unfortunately, they were right with areas getting 2-4″ of rain causing a lot of standing water. As we begin our second day of drying, ditches are draining, water is receding, and temperatures are rising. Hopefully, minimal damage was done resulting in few replants and little nitrogen loss.
These are the kinds of rains we need in July, not May.
As pre-emerge spraying winds down, sidedressing season builds up steam. The corn has been out of the ground for the last few weeks so it’s time for a second shot of nitrogen. Although recent rains have suppressed some applications, ammonia is still leaving the facility at a steady pace. Next week’s rain forecast has made some growers nervous as they try to finish up planting and sidedressing.
With the rains on Monday and Tuesday this week, our spray operators become full service mechanics. Alongside our full time mechanics, these proficient employees work diligently to replace the hose on one Terra-Gator and convert another Terra-Gator to a sprayer just after they fixed an impeller on a third Terra-Gator. Falor Farm Center prides itself on its hard working operators and tenders as they work long hours while still maintaining peak aptitude and efficiency.