Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Hiatus Over? Not So Fast ...
We only had one 42-acre field that we could cut yesterday afternoon. Randy got the 4-wheeler stuck while checking another field. That was enough to convince him not to pull his combine into that field.
Overnight, we got another 0.60" of rain. Six weeks ago, we'd have loved listening to rain hit the roof as we went to bed. I'd be lying if I said we had the same reaction last night, despite my repeated affirmations that I won't complain about rain.
The rains are great for corn crops and alfalfa. But weeds like the rains, too. The wheat was thinner this year due to the drought during its growing season, so it didn't provide as good a canopy to keep the weeds small.
A week ago, we had the co-op spray for weeds in one of our wheat fields. At the time, Randy was somewhat concerned about the week-long moratorium on harvesting the wheat after the weed treatment. He needn't have worried about it. We have passed the deadline, and we still won't be cutting the wheat today.
We aren't alone. The weekly USDA report says that most of the state's farmers are facing short wheat, muddy fields and weed pressure. The USDA reported that 40 percent of the state's wheat crop has been harvested as of Monday, slightly behind the 50 percent that had been harvested at this point last year and well behind the 66 percent average.
Randy says we are about 60 percent done with our harvest. Today will be another day of waiting.