Plant 2014 is still going on. We had to park the tractor and planter for a few days due to rain, but plan to start again today. This field that you see in this weeks Farm Picture Friday is next to a large creek and is known as the Beecham long bottoms. The Beecham family and our family have been farming together for generations now. This ground, like all the ground we farm, is no-till. A Phillips Harrow is taken across the land to just stir up the top. It does not dig in like a disk does.
Last year soybeans were planted in this field. As you can see weeds have grown up, but those have been sprayed. Once they die back they do leave a cover that helps to keep moisture in the ground so that the corn can grow. This picture was taken on Sunday afternoon. Since then we have seen temps in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Not the typical temperatures for us in May, but this is Missouri and last year on the 3rd of May we had snow.
Next week the temperatures are supposed to be back in the 80’s and we will be on to planting soybeans. With any luck the sunshine and rain will continue. It is all up to mother nature, but a prayer here and there helps too.
How is your planting going? Are you done? Have you started?
Blessings to you and all farmers who are working to grow our food and fiber,
Laurie – Country Link
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