Not Every Day is a Perfect Sunrise or Sunset

Today we are replanting soybeans.   Sometimes the illusion is that every day is perfect sunrises and sunsets if you follow farms and farmers on social media.   We all have frustrating, maddening days like everyone else.  This field was well on its way to a great looking field of beans a week or two ago but being planted in a window of cold weather combined with a little chemical injury due to cold and disease brought on by that cold the population started dropping so here we are.  June 9th and we are out re planting hoping to save as much yield as we can. Not all days are bluebird days, but we still love what we do.

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#CrappyBlogger Alert – 2016 Spring Planting

Well, it’s been almost one and a half years since I have updated this blog, so I will admit it, I am a #crappyblogger.  We are going to work to change that and have at least a couple updates a month here to keep everyone updated on the happenings on the farm and in our lives on the farm.   If we fail in that endeavour, I will refer to the aforementioned hashtag and you can too!

Spring planting got off to a very dry start and the last week has brought 4.3 inches of rain.  The conditions prior to that rain were incredibly difficult to plant in and we only put in around 160 acres.  Now, with ample moisture to plant into and a weather forecast that looks favorable we plan to roll by the weekend on #plant16.

Below are a few photos from the spring here on the farm.

 

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Getting the planter ready to go
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Kristi and I at some business training working on our business plan
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Delivering Producers Hybrids seed to customers
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Our son doing what he loves to do
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Plenty of help from the girls
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Treating soybeans with Fungicide, insecticide and inoculant for #plant16

Dr. Oz’s Enlist Experts . . . Debunked

Dr. Oz’s Enlist Experts . . . Debunked.

Our Farm In Pictures 4-11-2014

A picture taken from our DJI Phantom 2 Drone yesterday
A picture taken from our DJI Phantom 2 Drone yesterday

 

 

 

 

 

Our baseball team doing a service project helping the residents of a local nursing home celebrate the opening on the MLB season.
Our baseball team doing a service project helping the residents of a local nursing home celebrate the opening on the MLB season.
Our new house is taking shape on the farm.  They are mudding the drywall today.  We hope to be in by June.
Our new house is taking shape on the farm. They are mudding the drywall today. We hope to be in by June.

 

 

 

Treating soybean seed with fngicide, Insecticide, Inoculant and an Organic Growth Promoter
Treating soybean seed with fngicide, Insecticide, Inoculant and an Organic Growth Promoter
Took a trip to DC to lobby for speeding up the regulatory process relating to new technology in agriculture.
Took a trip to DC to lobby for speeding up the regulatory process relating to new technology in agriculture.
My wife joined me in being over the hill in March.  We had a great party at the farm with family and friends.
My wife joined me in being over the hill in March. We had a great party at the farm with family and friends.

Catching Up on the Happenings On Our Family Farm

Many things are going on here at our farm this winter. We are spending time doing crop planning, receiving seed corn, booking chemicals, repairing equipment, building a few things and the list goes on and on.

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Seed corn being unloaded at the Producers Hybrids facility in Battle Creek, NE. All seed corn is harvested on the ear, unlike commercial corn, popcorn, or white corn. This is the seed we will plant in 2013.

We have hired a full time employee this year. Mason just graduated from Hastings College in December and started full time with us on January 1st. He has worked part time for us the last year and we welcome him and are very happy to have him on board.

We have worked with Producers Hybrids as a dealer for the better part of two decades and they have worked really hard this year to make sure we have the tools necessary to succeed. To that end we took an extensive tour this year during the seed corn harvest and saw our products as they came out of the field and headed to the bags that we will deliver this spring for planting. Producers is a part of the Ag Reliant family and is independent in the fact that we are not owned by a chemical company which makes them a different kind of seed company.

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Myself on the right with fellow dealer and friend Doug Luther in the middle and our District Sales Manager Jason Fryda. This was taken during lunch after visiting Ag Reliant’s Research facility on the southern side of Puerto Rico.

As part of equipping us with more knowledge of our company and our facilities, I am just returning from a visit with Producers to Puerto Rico where we toured our research facility there. They have the benefit of a climate which literally can allow three crop seasons in one year. They plant on most days and harvest on most days. This ability coupled with a dihaploid breeding process allows us to bring products to market faster than anyone in the industry. It was very beneficial to see what we have coming down the pipeline and have an opportunity to see the excitement that the people have for what is going on with our seed corn company.

The coming weeks will bring more prep work for the 2013 crop, my first meeting as a school board member at Adams Central, a meeting with the Dow Grower Technology Group, a vacation as a couple, and some basketball games the kids are playing in.

From our farm to yours, we all hope you had a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Wordless Wednesday, Corn Flaker at the Local Feedlot

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Baling Hay

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