From the Fields: Brad Johnson

2014-08-18T16:49:00Z From the Fields: Brad Johnson Agri-View
August 18, 2014 4:49 pm

Recently we awoke to 49 degrees Fahrenheit in the morning, and it was the lowest temperature we have had in a very long time.

It will not be long until we wonder about frost, and from what I have seen, it will not be welcome.

I have done a little roadside motorcycle field inspection in our area and have noticed a few fields that have been recently seeded to alfalfa using a cultipacker seeder. Virtually no residue was visible on these fields and on Aug. 11 we received 2.6 inches of rain at our house and reports of 3 inches locally.

Erosion was visible on these fields, and my personal feeling is that we can all do better regarding tillage. We have no-tilled alfalfa many times and believe it is not necessary to burn all of that diesel to have a clean field and to watch the hilltops end up in the hollows.

The smells at this time of year are absolutely the greatest, especially from the seat of a motorcycle. There is nothing like smelling the corn and soybeans and small grains as you move on down the road on a wonderful summer evening; however, that biodegrading deer carcass does not have that wonderful aroma.

Most of the small grains have been harvested and the straw removed. The new seeding under these small grains looks fantastic after the recent rain. The rain has helped up many soybean fields as well as corn fields. I am certain this was an incredibly valuable event for us; the fields were burning from lack of moisture.

Many of the alfalfa fields have not responded up as nicely as I would have expected after the rain and we will need more soon.

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