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I haven't been able to keep up with the daily blog posts as I was hoping, as I've been more busy than planned. I hope to do so soon!
Today Travis and I moved bales from his place to the main farm, due to running on low reserves of hay at the main farm. The image below, is all that remains of our hay crop from 2015. Handy, because we are about to run out just as we are about to harvest first crop this year. We have also finally reached corn silage in the harvestore at Travis's, which we put in ten feet in 2013. We have discussed interest in chopping hay for silage at some point in the future.
We aren't sure when we're going to be able to get out and start cutting hay at this point as they're saying rain every other day in the forecast. I'm using a bale and a half per week at my place and Travis is using a bale every other day for his cows. Moving cows to pasture is imminent.
In the morning I went to the FSA office to finish signing up for ARC payments, which is government assistance taken from certain acres that were originally registered in the 1950's. If your acres weren't registered over 60 years ago, you can't apply for government assistance on those acres as the government hasn't allowed them to be updated since then. Fair, right? ARC payments vary depending on revenue loss determined at the county level. I have yet to know whether I will be getting a payment from last year, which the previous year's payments usually get paid out in the fall.
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The first leaves on corn plants often look yellow and very battered, from pushing their way out of the soil.
I haven't been able to keep up with the blog posts quite like I was hoping due to another surprise that is coming to How Farms Work that will be announced in the following week or two, but we are well underway with the growing season of 2016. As of the time of the publishing of this post, our corn plants have doubled in height and are now very green. The soybeans are bursting out of the soil but some fields have yet to emerge.
Many viewers often show concern when some plants first emerge with twisted first leaves and the entire field having a yellow appearance. This is completely normal as from the time the seeds first imbibe water until they have their first leaf unfurled and the second on the way, the plant is using the resources it has from the seed.
This planting season had another factor however, as we experienced near freezing temperatures soon after our first fields were planted. This can have a negative impact on the corn due to the corn seed imbibing chilled water from the soil. Corn plants are warm season plants and thrive most when emerging in 80-90F soil temperatures. Many people will argue on the impact this can have on yield, but unless your plants are set back very far by the cold weather to where they run low on resources from the seed before emergence, it shouldn't have any impact on your yield.
One fact not worth arguing is the damage that can take place after the plant has begun growing and not yet emerged from the soil in temperatures under the freezing point. If the coleoptile (the protective sheath covering the leaves) freezes, it can rupture prematurely causing leafing underground. If the growing point of the plant freezes, it will cause immediate plant death. If temperatures drop below freezing for extended periods, the growing point of the plant can be protected slightly by the leaves above ground. Though the leaves may die, the plant might survive as new leaves can take their place, so long as the plant has access to enough resources.
This week we finish harrowing and get on to a new equipment purchase. Stay tuned all week!
We are actually done planting corn and beans. Using the new 12-row planter will be the highlight in many videos this week as I aim to narrow down the video queue. I like Facebook to be timed with YouTube, so the posts sound like we are still planting today.
Since the weeds are starting to grow, we purchased some Crossbow herbicide by Winfield, being advised that it would kill everything, grass included. I mixed a tank up and so we've come to find out that it doesn't kill grass, just as it says on the label, so we're trying to figure out what we should be using. Hopefully we'll get some kind of reimbursement considering we specifically stated what we wanted to kill. We like our fences nice and clean, so we don't end up with the nightmare of having trees fall on new fences in thirty years.
Today our first full length video releases that features the new planter. Watch below!
Let's talk about where this blog will be in relation to our YouTube channel. From the time of shooting, it can take anywhere from 12 hours to 2 weeks to get the video published on YouTube. This is because I often post on a schedule, and if the videos are backed up, I start publishing more videos every week. Currently I've been publishing videos Tuesdays through Sundays, because we are so backlogged with videos. I'll back off to videos on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday when we get caught up.
Posts here will be made the same day, and will be very recent. I won't lie in that the videos will provide the most in-depth content, so I recommend keeping up with those.
Welcome to The Farm!
Welcome to our blog! This page will be used by Ryan to discuss my daily activities both on and off the farm, and my thoughts. This will give those interested some insight into what our future videos may be about, and hints to what equipment may be coming in the future! Hopefully this will allow those interested to get to better know me as a person. I look forward to farming with you all!