Spray Day

Finally a few sunny days! My farmer says this past weekend was the first time since the beginning of April that he has had to work more than two days in a row. Planting season is winding down finally even though many fields are not even planted yet. Jerry has made the decision not to plant a few of his fields to beans since the yields from the crop will not be much anyways. Last time they had this wet of a spring and planted crops this late the beans yielded only 15 bushels per acre and on good years would normally be 50-65 per acre. Instead he will file prevent plant to his crop insurance since it is past the final plant date of June 10th in Nebraska.

Jerry has been busy spraying sunup to sundown the past few days, he did 385 acres of custom spraying just yesterday which were all post-corn acres for neighbors. Unfortunately his fan (air-conditioning) went out in his sprayer yesterday which made for a very hot day. Today the wind is going to blow and will not make for adequate spraying conditions. The next item of business will be gearing up for haying season.

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Waiting Game

This spring has been a long waiting game…waiting for the rain to stop, waiting for the land to be dry enough to finish planting. Throughout the entire month of May southeast Nebraska had about 4 days total where it was dry enough to get in the field without tearing it up. Farmers are having a heck of a time getting the crops in at a decent time and many fields have had to be replanted because of washouts. On May 31st 94% of corn had been planted. 

Jerry and his younger brother Matt discussing the plan for the week of work ahead. Since he has be unable to get in the field much Jerry has been working on rebuilding some fences around the farms. 

I have to share this picture below because it is so adorable. :) One of my best friends has a 10 week old baby boy named Tucker. His father is a farmer also and took him for his first ride in the tractor during planting this spring! #thenextgeneration