There’s a saying that if farming was easy, everybody would be doing it. Working in the elements and around the weather is always a challenge. Last year it was a drought, this year it’s the opposite. Both have good and bad points to consider.
University of Kentucky grain specialist Chad Lee has made a few observations concerning the weather and crops.
A lot of the corn was planted late because of spring rains and the cooler, cloudier temperatures now are slowing development. As corn reaches black layer (looking at a cross section of the ear) when day length is significantly shorter and “normal” temperatures are cooler, grain dry down will take longer.
This could push harvests on into October so be prepared for wet grain and mud. For details on degree days and GDD calculator on the UK Ag Weather Center visit http://wwwagwx.ca.uky.edu/php/cropdd_www.php.
Earlier in the spring when the rains first kept coming we talked about “transient deficiency” where the plant shows issues but they are only temporary because of wet soils and compromised root systems.
Recently we saw some yellowing in soybeans here in the county. While some areas were found to have potassium deficiency and soil compaction as culprits in some fields, other fields remained a mystery. In our case, the soybeans were green a couple weeks later, which seems more like the “transient deficiency” we spoke about earlier in the year.
In some areas soybean nodules were not present, indicating that the inoculant didn’t work. Very wet soils can cause this too but will recover when soils dry.
Ride to Remember
The Franklin County Cattlemen will be grilling burgers and hot dogs for the Ride to Remember Saturday, a motorcycle event put on by the Boone Center National Guard as a fundraising effort for the new memorial at the entrance.
The Kentucky National Guard Memorial Ride to Remember III starts in 10 communities across Kentucky and ends up at the Frankfort Convention Center. Motorcycle riders and citizens will come together for fellowship, food, and live entertainment and to honor the fallen.
Event proceeds go toward construction of the Kentucky National Guard Memorial dedicated to Kentucky Guardsmen who have fallen in the line of duty since March 1912.
There will also be raffles and auctions. Entry is $5 at the door or $35 to ride (plus $10 for a passenger) and runs from noon until 7. For details visit http://www.guardmemorial.com/html/ride_to_remember.html.