I love the emails I have been getting asking about #My60Acres! The summer has gotten away from me so before we get much closer to harvesting I wanted to share with you some more from the growing season!
If I had to describe this growing season in one word it would be “blessed”. After the initial cold spell right after planting, we have had rain and temperatures that are ideal for growing corn – at least right here. Some of our neighbors have had way too much rain – some as much as 10+ inches in 24 hours, and some of our neighbors are too dry. But we have gotten very timely rains in manageable amounts.
Unfortunately, the corn prices are reflecting the good growing conditions much of the corn belt is experiencing and even with good yields it’s going to be a very hard season financially.
None the less, we still have to farm the best we can. About a month ago the plane came to visit and applied a fungicide. We don’t have to use fungicide every year but with the wet conditions and warm temperatures, we needed to protect the corn from fungus that can be very damaging.
The plane came back to visit us just this past Friday! He flew on cover crop seed. The seed is loaded into the plane and sprayed out right on top of the growing corn! We used a mix of rye, triticale, and buckwheat on my field.
The cover crop will most likely be emerged before we even harvest the corn. This means my soil stays protected on the top from erosion from wind and rain AND it means that all the living organisms in my soil stay alive and well too.
Make sure and check out the Facebook page for a video of the plane applying cover crops!
Check back in a few weeks to see our harvest update and find out where the corn from #My60Acres will end up!
Kate Lambert grew up in northern Illinois, not on a farm but active in FFA and showing livestock.
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