Sunday, March 27, 2011

Week ending March 26th...

Bob leveling the newly installed tile lines on the Daubard Farm

Bob applying Anhydrous Ammonia on the Atwood Farm

A view at the plow on the tile machine as it's lowered into the start of a 4" lateral

The 6" main on the Emerald Acres West 20 - we had water running through it within an hour after it was installed

Russell Maul multi-tasking while digging starts for the laterals with the excavator

What a week for working on jobs prior to planting. On Monday Bob disked down the newly installed tile lines on the Daubard 80 and by Tuesday the 75 degree weather allowed the soils to dry enough to begin applying anhydrous ammonia. Precision Drainage completed all our jobs around the Ashland area and moved to Greenfield to begin work on another project for us. They pattern-tiled what we call "Emerald Acres West 20" on 50 foot centers and in the wet spots we narrowed them up to 25 feet centers. An hour after they had ran the main, it was one-third full and draining water out of the field.

A few farmers in the area worked ground with their field cultivators this past week, but with the mid 30's temperatures towards the end of the week it seems as though it will be a while before any planters start.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Week ending March 19th....

Tile, tile, and more tile was the name of the game this week. Precision Drainage was able to resume work again on our Daubard farm on Monday. By Thursday they had it completed and were moving on to our Martin farm to install a couple short runs of tile. While Bob and Dad were working with Precision Drainage, David made quick work of getting the seed tender trailer and chemical spray trailer all re-assembled and ready for use. The weather towards the end of the week has been amazingly warm and the soils have dried nicely. Some field work did occur this past week, however it was northwest of us near Macomb where a few farmers were putting on anhydrous ammonia. We are trying to not get too excited as the forecast is calling for snow showers and temperatures in the low 40's late this upcoming week. Go ILLINI beat those Jayhawks!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Week ending March 12th...

This past week we finished hauling soybeans, took delivery of much of our 2011 seed corn, and worked on shop projects. We also took advantage of the warmer weather on Saturday and trimmed trees and burnt brush-piles down on our Greene County farms.
Rainfall for the week was 0.21" at the Williamsville farm up to 0.56" at the Greenfield farms. While the soil is still saturated, the forecasted warmer and sunny days this week will do wonders to help dry the soil out. Maybe we will even get some more tile laid on the Daubard farm.... We'll see.
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Week ending March 5th...

Hauling corn from the bin at the University of Illinois Farm

Loading the truck with soybeans from the Aggertt bins

Owen investigating the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department's truck

This past week we continued to haul grain from our bins to the river and rail terminals. The warmer weather was a welcomed change, but as the frost has left the ground it presents a new set of challenges trying to move 80,000 lbs of grain and trucks down soft gravel driveways. However, we did manage to work around the soft driveways and get a lot of grain hauled. Just as the sunshine was starting to dry out our soils, we received another 3/4's of an inch of rain on Friday evening. Our soils are now completely saturated and it sure doesn't feel like we will be having an early spring - but time will tell.
Today we attended the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department's annual pancake and sausage fundraiser. Owen had a blast running through their training course and climbing all over the fire engines outside.
This week we will wrap up hauling the remaining contracted soybeans, begin taking seed corn delivery and finalize crop insurance decisions for the 2011 crop.