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Carroll County

Leroy Getz

owns the Lucky Clover Dairy Farm near Savanna and is one of our original Cropwatchers. He and his son, Ronald, milk 90 Holstein cows and raise their own replacement animals. They also grow corn, oats, and alfalfa hay.


We had 4.8 inches of rain last weekend during three violent storms. Reports ranged from 3 to as much as 11.5 inches. Some flooding, roads and flood fences washed out, and we had a tile line outlet to repair. Corn has the ground shaded so the moisture will not evaporate as fast. Driving in a three-county area I would rate corn as 90 percent excellent. Some second-crop alfalfa is being chopped. June is Dairy Month, so Drink Milk!!


A dry week here with some scattered showers in other areas. We finished first-crop hay, all without rain. Sprayers are working in both corn and soybeans. Some corn is now 36 inches tall. With its fast growth, it becomes very vulnerable to wind storms. Let’s pray that does not happen. Rye and wheat fields look good and have a white look. Oats are starting to head.


A hot week with temps in the 90s. Hay cured in 24 hours, so we kept baling. With hay supplies low, it is very important to make quality forage this year. GDU at 535, a gain of 173 for the week. A .1 of an inch of rain on the 25th and .3 on the 30th brings May total to 3.65 inches. Post-spraying and some sidedressing on corn. Bean spraying has not started in this area.


Rain for the week totaled .95 of an inch, bringing the May total to 3.25. Growing degree units, 362. Hot days are adding heat units and making crops grow. Corn has a dark green color. Some soybeans are yet to be planted. We have cut hay and hope to bale Friday (May 25). On a detour route to Iowa for parts, I saw a field of 12-inch tall corn being cultivated.