My wife and I spent four days away from the farm, and when we returned, the change was impressive. Corn ears are tipped and husks pulled back, exposing kernels. Beans are beginning to yellow, and I have a pretty good idea the combine will be going Sept. 21 in a 2.0 maturity bean field. A half-inch of rain fell Sunday night, and I’m guessing the 2.4 and 2.6 maturity beans will get some benefit out of that. But for 85 percent of this farm, the growing season is just about done.
It was a dry week with temps in the mid-80s. With only .3 of an inch within the last 12 days, the crops are getting “that look” again. Beans are a shade lighter in color and corn seems to be getting closer to a mid-September look in mid-August. The third-cutting hay is made, burndown has been applied to wheat stubble and now, unfortunately, we have been spending an hour a day walking beans for waterhemp. So far, it’s nothing serious and I’d like to keep it that way. I tried some new technologies on a few farms and we just drive by them and smile when we are on our waterhemp hunts. It’s beginning to sprinkle as I write this and the radar looks promising. Here’s hoping.
An inch of rain fell throughout the county last Monday. Thursday, at the Boone County 4-H livestock auction, a bolt of lightning shook the shed and my nerves in the middle of a .3 of an inch storm. Our county has the look of a bountiful harvest coming up in seven to eight weeks. There are holes from the June floods, but there is optimism about yield prospects. I won’t speculate on exact bean yields. They’ve made me a liar too many times, so I’ll just say they look beautiful. While speaking with an elevator operator, his only comment on corn was “we’re preparing for piles.”
Two showers this last week yielded 1 inch at the south end of the farm and a dusting at the north end. We still need additional moisture for the bean crop, but with forecasts that hold additional chances the next five days, I am optimistic for the beans to continue forming and filling. Japanese beetles are winding down, and there never was a buildup of rootworm beetle pressure. My wife came in from her garden sputtering about the first aphid infestation. Hopefully, that will be the last insect to scout for. We are gradually switching gears towards the Boone County Fair. Julie and I will be spending time in the grandparent's portion of the 4-H bleachers.