Welcome to the 2017 BASF Innovations in the Field. This yearlong program is designed to showcase four progressive farmers and their use of technology and agronomic practices to enhance their return on investment and profit potential. Check back each week for new blogs and videos from the farmers as they share their experiences and crop management decisions throughout the growing season. Here is a brief overview of our four participants.
Late March to Mid-April has been very busy this year. With about a week's worth of Spring anhydrous to do, Mother Nature did not want to cooperate. However, with a few very long days and a hand full of "partial" days between rain clouds, we were able to put on the finishing touches late last week.
Along with the anhydrous, we spent a couple of weeks hauling corn to the ethanol plant to fill contracts. We have a little break from corn hauling, now, until late May.
While we have been somewhat "wet" during this period, the sump pump in my basement has not had to run once so far this spring, which is pretty unusual. Offers some indication how our sub soil is lacking moisture from the predominately dry Winter! Needless to say, all the irrigators have been serviced and ready to go, with high hopes of not needing them until July/August!
Our area has had a very strong winter annual population this year as well. I looked back on my spray log, and last year we only had to spray 250 acres of burndowns. This year it was right at 1,000 acres. But, as it did last year, the Sharpen + Roundup have worked great! My daughter came home from college last weekend and commented how "pretty" the flowers were in the field behind the house (the day I sprayed that farm)...needless to say, I think it looks much "prettier" now with brown, Winter annual carcasses!
We are ready to start planting corn as early as tomorrow mid-day. Generally we would have started by now, but received an inch of rain over Easter weekend on already damp fields.
Our High School Shooting Team is doing great! The kids have 2 of the 9 weeks behind them, and wow how they are improving! First 2 weeks are practice only, so hopefully their worst scores are behind them!