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Spring '09 Planting

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

  1. Deere9670

    Deere9670 Senior Member

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    Yes....10 is about tops....and thats quick:eek: I would bet that the cultivator would ride up out of the ground at 15mph!
     
  2. Cretebaby

    Cretebaby Senior Member

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    Thats kinda what I was thinking

    If I pull our finisher at 8 mph the dirt is flying everywhere LOL
     
  3. thejdman04

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    Yeah 8mph is about the tops around here. We just cant catch a break. 2 or 3 days of sun and rain. Last 2 days it was nice and sunny, rain today, tomorrow and friday sunny and nice saturday rain, sunday and monday dry tuesday they are calling for rain. So wet around here, probably be wishing we had some of that rain in august. Going to have to start switching some ground to beans. I get real skeptical planting corn after june 1st. Not saying it cant be done, I jsut hate to do it. No way with this weather pattern we will get ground dry, worked up and corn planted all by june 1st. We had some winter wheat that was looking very poor. Hired a floater to come in yesterday and burn it down with chemical, as it is too wet to get it in and plow it, had to get the 4wd out to pull the floater out. Hopefully this wet spell breaks.
     
  4. Feed Bunk

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    We're just like jdman here. Its starting to get real frustrating.
     
  5. nextdoor

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    Gday all, please, oh PLEASE send some rain over here to West oz! Its really dry around here and we havent turned a wheel (or a track in our case). We normally crop around 10000 acres (wheat mainly) and it would be nice to get a start. There is a old saying around here that you cant make money from dust! Oh well thats my winge, I hope you blokes get the sun that you need. Cheers.
     
  6. Cretebaby

    Cretebaby Senior Member

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    I am sure some of the IL buys would share their rain with you.

    We where only 15 acres of beans away from being done for the season when we got rained out Tuesday evening. We got a nice rain though about an inch spread out over 24 hrs.

    We have an old saying that goes plant in the dust and your bins will bust :tong
     
  7. Deere9670

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    Id pay you to come take some of this rain......

    Good for you on the rain...hope she wasnt too hard for ya.....nice to keep the top wet for good emergence....

    As wet as were are, our bins wont be busting, and our fields wont be dusting......still not late enough to call it a day on a bumper bean crop.....but it looks like our chance at a great corn crop has gone down the crapper....:mad:
     
  8. Feed Bunk

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    We got 3.5" of rain friday and all the rivers are out. We wont be pulling a planter for a while.
     
  9. hvy 1ton

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    Friday was the worst flooding i have seen in 10 years. At one point our mini weather station was reading almost 8in/hr into saturated ground. We wound up with 5.6" of rain in 2.5hr. If it had rained another hour it would have been a real mess.
     
  10. Cretebaby

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    It finally got calm enough to spray this morning and we will be able to sneak in and finish the beans tommorrow

    That should give us just a little break before it is time to make hay
     
  11. Gadgetman

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    Yup, lots of hay going down here. Aught to be beans going in tues. or weds.
     
  12. Cretebaby

    Cretebaby Senior Member

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    Well we are done with planting

    All of our corn is up, now we just need some heat

    Saw a guy just tonight cutting hay, kinda early, they are most likely going to plant corn on it yet
     
  13. thejdman04

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    Weather just wont let up for us. Heres a few stuck photos. When we pull the tractors out of the holes, more then once there has been water in the hole. Thats how wet the ground is round here. Especially in the sandy soil we have around here, you dont get a second chance it just goes down.
     

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    Isn't it wonderful when the bottom falls out from underneath you? You at least have a chance, we usually use a 3 point field cultivator on our 3155. When you find soft, your cooked
     
  15. Feed Bunk

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    We got 4" of rain yesterday. Stuck out cat challenger sunday evening. Fun fun fun
     
  16. nextdoor

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    Im still waiting for some rain. We had about 8mm a couple of days ago and put in about 2200 acres but we need a bit more to get finished. It would be nice to get 20mm or so we could get the rest in. We still have about 7800 acres to go. We have an Mt865 challenger and would love to see it bogged Feed Bunk !! Ill try to remember to take some pictures of our seeding rig and post them shortly. I just had a thought that the rain that you guys were going to send me must have been quarantined with the swine flu! Cheers.
     
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  17. KMB83

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    jdman,

    you farming bottom ground?

    your describing a similiar set of circumstances as guys in our area who farm near the IL river. been over 20' for 2+ months (flood stage being 14'). keeps pushing the water table higher. we have an irrigation depth meter, went to our low farm and it had the water table at 2' feet!

    anybody figured out a plan to get across ground like this?

    we flew on beans with a plane once. it didnt work. you had to harrow them in.

    we are hoping to get a small/light tractor and a drill and maybe get across that 160 of quick sandy ground. should be a treat.
     
  18. thejdman04

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    No, that isnt even bottom ground. As you say, the water table is so high even on ground that isnt near any rivers. We do have some bottom ground we havent even got near. We got a bit ahead of the planter on tillage, :Banghead:Banghead for once we thought wed get ahead well with the rain 2 days dry rain cycle, by the time we get ready to plant it we will probably have to go over it again to break the crust that is on top up and to bring some of the "wet back up". The top 2 or 3 inches gets dry but it is very wet under that. Some of the ground had winter wheat on it but had a VERY poor stand so we spray ed that to kill it. Double disced it to get it worked down half way decent and then went across it with a culvator and drag. Might have to go across it again with the culivator and drag. Good luck to everyone on a year like this