From the Fields: Monica Dukelow

2014-08-18T16:59:00Z From the Fields: Monica Dukelow Agri-View
August 18, 2014 4:59 pm

We started our week with a trip to opening day of 2014 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.

Despite the rain the night before at the grounds, the weather was comfortable for the middle of August. We went on the dairy facility tour and walked the entire show grounds to see the newest items available in agriculture.

Last Monday in Abbotsford, we received eight-tenths of an inch of rain that came down slow but steadily. The rain was quickly absorbed by the ground since we were starting to get dry.

With daily rains predicted in the extended forecast, we started to cut down our third crop the night we got home from Farm Technology Days. We cut all 375 acres in 2 days and started chopping on Thursday. By Friday night we had the bunker covered and third crop was history.

Collectively, the hay crop this year has been one of the best we have had in our area for a long time. It is nice to build back our reserves from the poor hay seasons of 2012 and 2013.

The corn is looking better, but it is going to be far from a record-setting year. All of the corn in our area is tasseling and setting cobs. We need heat to help the corn mature for high moisture, much less dry corn.

The soybeans continue to prosper and are starting to set pods.

It finally has been dry enough to plant some patches that were too wet to plant this spring in our new seeding fields. We also took the time to cut down about 10 acres of marsh hay. Some of it we small square baled for bedding and some we chopped and blew into the barn for bedding.

Weather permitting, we will make the new seeding fields the end of the month.

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