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Off to a Slow Start

April 4, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s April 4th, and unlike last year, there has been very little fieldwork accomplished in the area.  Last year, we had all the wheat fertilized and a lot of NH3 put in the ground. Farmers were thinking of planting (too) early, and we were moving a lot of fertilizer.

Totally different this year. Most of the wheat is not fertilized, and while a couple of farmers have picked up NH3 tanks, not much application work has been accomplished. The weather has been abnormally cold, and we have been getting regular showers with very little heat and sun in between events to dry the soil out. We did a little bit of wheat fertilizer spreading in the mornings last week while the ground was frozen, but we could only run until about 9:30 in the morning. It’s been frustrating, but there’s nothing you can do about the weather. Forecast for the next five days is equally annoying; lots of rain in the forecast. The rain that was forecast  for this past weekend turned out to be less than expected, so maybe these new forecasts will be just as inaccurate…one can hope, right?

Not sure what I’m going to do with myself, today. I’m going to go check on one of my farmers who was trying to apply NH3 over the weekend, and see if he got anywhere. We may do a little training on NH3 tank filling this afternoon for a couple of our new employees. And I’ll be hoping for dry weather and 60 degree temperatures.

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