Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Right on track...

Two hours after my last post we received the start of what ended up being a 5.2" rain over the course of two days. Surprisingly, not very much ran off and most was absorbed by the dry soil. Since then, the weather has continued to be warm along with another beneficial rain. Our crops are progressing nicely with all this warm and abundant sunshine.

The picture above is an ear from our first planted corn (April 12th). Based on current GDU (growing degree units) this field of corn should black layer (32-35% moisture) around August 19th. If the hot weather continues it's trend, then this corn will be at or below 20% moisture around Labor Day. That means an early harvest, which is a welcomed surprise compared to last fall's harvest that drug on into December.

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