Hot, dry, windy days have really dried out the topsoil. Corn was rolling with the 95-plus degree heat. We were fortunate to get 1 inch of rain Wednesday night, but others were not so blessed. Rain is in the forecast for the next two days, so I hope everyone gets some more. Heat units are now at 730, but still leaves us about 100 behind last year. Corn is trying to play catch-up on these better days. Wheat and oats are all headed out and look good.
No rain at our farm this week. However, the eastern part of the county had some showers June 3. They say you should make hay when the sun shines, and that is just what we did. First-crop alfalfa is completed on 21 fields, on seven farms, for about 150 acres complete. What a busy week. Lots of post-spraying is being done on corn, and there are still fields of corn and soybeans being planted. The few wheat fields we have in the area look good.
June is dairy month, so enjoy your favorite dairy product, and thank a dairy farmer for it. May rain totaled 6.7 inches. Memorial Day brought sunny and drier weather, and allowed guys to get back into the field the last four days. Many acres of corn and soybeans were planted, but some fields are still too wet to work. We cut and baled hay, but have many fields yet to go. Warm sunlight is putting some dark green color in the growing corn.
Rain of 1.5 inches for the week brings May totals to 5.7 inches. No fieldwork was done until late Thursday afternoon when I saw a bean drill working. Guys are getting anxious and will work in less-than-ideal conditions. There are still fields of corn to be planted. We are looking for that window of opportunity to cut and bale hay. The cool weather is helping slow the maturing process of the alfalfa. Emerged corn is growing, but needs sunlight to green up. Growing degree units are lagging the three-year average by about 60 units.