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Spring '09 Planting

Discussion in 'Agricultural Operations' started by Cretebaby, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. Cretebaby

    Cretebaby Senior Member

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    These shots are from 4/8/09
     

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  2. Deere9670

    Deere9670 Senior Member

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    drilling oats???? Is that tractor a 10 series? Nice pics, keep them coming!
     
  3. Cretebaby

    Cretebaby Senior Member

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    Oats and Allalfa

    The tractor on the disc is a 7210

    The tractor on the drill is a 7420
     
  4. Gadgetman

    Gadgetman Well-Known Member

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    Farmers here are pulling their hair out. Corn should be in the ground,but the ground temps have been too cold. Hard freeze after hard freeze,now the rainy season is here. Rained 1 1/2" thurs. and calling for 2"-4" on sunday.

    Funny, now they're predicting that much rain 3 days in advance?
     
  5. LonestarCobra

    LonestarCobra Well-Known Member

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    That rain must be nice. We cant plant our sudan or anything right now due to dryness. The wildfires are burning us up now. One ranch a few miles from mine, is 10,000 acres plus, and it is 90% burned off as of today.
     
  6. Cretebaby

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    Isn't the differences from one area to another amazing

    I had fully expected to see the corn planters to be rolling here on Monday but now they are calling for rain and cold so we will see

    We are doing prep work for corn but don't need to push the envolope that hard and will wait about 10 days yet before putting seed in the ground
     
  7. Gadgetman

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    Haven't been up north for yrs. Has the no-till caught on up there? More and more are trying it here. Works for some,others went to a minimum till. Some ground just gets too tight.

    I notice there isn't any terraces or waterways on your hilly ground. Our county is probably 70% terraced now,and most isn't as hilly as yours. Looks like you have a lot more topsoil tho.
     
  8. Cretebaby

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    No till is kinda hit and miss around here, there is some corn no tilled into bean ground and some beans into corn residue but very little corn on corn

    Part of this is due to the fact that alot of farms near us are still livestock operations so the spreading of manure doesnt go to well with no till

    Fall chisel plowing is the norm pretty much

    Very few terraces but there is a couple right across the road from that one pic

    Terraces on the steeper ground dont work to well as they take up to much ground and most of the ground in these pics are only row crops for ~3 years out of a ~8 year rotation

    that feild behind the disc pic isnt ours but it probably should have some waterways. Guys are getting kinda lazy about waterways and I am not quite sure why. We have waterways on everything of ours that drains any amount of water
     
  9. Deere9670

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    We farm in Illinois, and are 100% No-till. We also do corn on corn. Its hit or miss depending on how wet of a spring we have. No-till beans are pretty much the norm around here, with a few guy still out wasting time and fuel doing work on bean ground. As far as the groung getting tight, one of our theorys to busting up the compaction is earthworms.......meaning that the longer that you no-till a patch of ground.....the more worms you will have out there decomposing residue, and helping out with putting nutrients back into the ground. We also have an inline ripper, which we will use to break up the compaction were the trucks and carts beat down the ground. Most guys laugh at me when I bring up the earthworm thing.......but its a true story;)
    http://www.ces.purdue.edu/extmedia/AY/AY-279.html
     
  10. KMB83

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    no-till has its place.

    in general most of the guys in our area have moved to strip till, who tried the no-till system.

    basically using the anhydrous knifes in the fall, with maybe a row cleaner to push the trash out of the way. some do other dry fertilizer down the row as well, then in the spring come back and plant into that strip of bare earth.

    basically GPS has allowed this.


    gets you the benefits of no-till = less work, less erosion, less HP needed

    without the major drawbacks of no till = compaction, especially near surface, cooler soils, residue to sprout through, etc.

    strip till does have a few issues = you have to accurately travel your strips, still doesnt deal with the amount of disease left over in last years residue, and if the strips run parallel with the fall they can erode so you have to plant contour.

    conservation tillage is still king, but strip till is opening some eyes.
     
  11. willie59

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    This is a fascinating thread. I'm glad all you "planters" have got this figured out, 'cause all the rest of us need some beans to eat! :) My hat's off to all the guys and gals who work the dirt and put seed in it. :notworthy
     
  12. Cretebaby

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    And corn has begun

    One of the locals started with corn today

    First of the season that I have seen
     

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    200 miles north and you guys are going to be ahead of us,lol. Not sure what they'll do around here. Ground's soaked with more on the way. The corn that is in will prolly rot,some was froze off. We just made the call for a plane to start spraying our alfalfa ground,as we can't get on it.

    KMB83, quite a few here doing strip till. We rent out some strip till equipment for knifing in liquid fertilizer. Along with pull between fertilizer trailers,or the pull behind's for those putting it down with the no till planters. We drop off 3200 gal. tank trailers,and deliver to those as they need it. Funny, just a few yrs. ago we would run our floater wheels off trying to stay ahead of the corn planters. Now most are putting the fertilizer down themselves.
     
  14. Cretebaby

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    Price of corn dropped today solely on the news that planting begun in western Iowa:beatsme

    I think it will be a good year to build a bin;)
     
  15. Deere9670

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    Never know what will happen.....alot of guys might switch to a majority of beans, making corn in demand, and driving the price up......but thats farming for you....its like going to the casino....just never know
     
  16. Andy Detwiler

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    Havent planted here yet, the neighbor planted 300 acres three weeks ago, then the cold hit, still laying there. We keep getting rain here, but thats ok, we needed it, was dry as hell here. We also are 100% no-till, have been for about 10 years. Going to be nice this weekend, maybe the planters in this area will be rolling.

    Andy
     
  17. Gadgetman

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    We missed our big rain last weekend,luckily. Been in the mid 70's. Everybody is roll'n now. Corn's going in,fertilizer's flowing,and we've already knocked out 3000 acres of bugs.

    Been busy building a new soybean treating system. That won't be far behind.
     
  18. Cretebaby

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    My veiw this afternoon
     

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    Theres been a little corn go in the ground here, but its raining right now. Its frustrating for sure but there's still quite a bit of time left.
     
  20. Gadgetman

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    I think we're pretty much done with corn here now. We just got dumped on. It'll be 2 weeks before we're back in the fields. A few were still frantically trying to mud it in yesterday ahead of the storm.

    On to beans and milo......