|Sunset - October 25, 2018|
But the reflection of that sunset sky in mud puddles reveals a big problem for us this fall. For the first time ever, we weren't able to plant almost one-third of our 2019 wheat crop - about 385 acres. This has never happened since Randy began planting wheat in 1974 as a senior in high school.
The ground was too wet to plant after 14-plus inches in October and 2.5 inches more in November, along with three snows.
|The sunset over the Zenith branch of the Kanza Co-op revealed another storm system on the way.|
We have elected to take a prevented planting option in our crop insurance policy. It will pay a percentage of our revenue guarantee. Part will be paid now and more could be paid later, if we don't collect crop insurance on the next crop.
|The "other side" of the sunset, October 25, 2018|
Next spring, we plan to plant dryland corn (and a little milo) on the acres we couldn't plant to wheat. The cost of planting corn is appreciably higher than the cost of planting wheat due to seed costs, fertilizer and herbicide. Because we are a totally dryland farm, wheat typically performs better than corn on our acreage.
|October 3, 2018|
At this point, none of the wheat looks very good. That's because of too much rain, not enough sunshine, poor germination and emergence.
We'll hope conditions improve before we truck our Harvest 2019 to Zenith next June!
|October 29, 2018|
Wow, that’s tough. I hope conditions improve.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much! Farming definitely requires some faith.Delete
Lovely images but so sorry the story isn't a happy one. Best wishes for 2019 to be a better outcome.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Helen! Optimism is one of my farmer's best traits. I think it must be built in for farmers.Delete