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Progress Report

April 19, 2011 Leave a comment

There really is no progress to report, as far as planting is concerned. We had a good run on fertilizer last week; we’re about halfway through anhydrous ammonia applications, and I’m down to less than 1,000 acres of dry fertilizer to spread. That came to a halt on Friday; it was too windy to spread fertilizer, and by 3pm it was raining. It hasn’t really stopped raining for very long since then, and yesterday morning I woke up to a scary site for April 18th:

A little over 2 inches of wet, heavy, sloppy snow. It was all melted by afternoon. As I write this morning, it is just above freezing, and it is once again raining. Not very nice late April weather, and certainly not conducive to corn planting. The state of Illinois is apparently 9% planted, but in the two or three counties I deal with in northern Illinois, I’d estimate 0-1%. Last year we were probably 30%. Big difference. April is usually my busiest month, but  it looks like May is going to take the prize this year as we continue to push planting further back.

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Thaw

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Today was the warmest day we’ve had here in northern Illinois for months. The high for the day was 42 degrees! Downright balmy, compared to the single digits we had just a few days ago. The sun was also out, which has been rare, lately. February is generally my least favorite month of the year; it’s slow at work, the weather sucks, everyone is touchy and on edge from being cooped up inside, and spring seems so very far away. There’s definitely been a lot of that this month, starting with the blizzard on the 1st of the month, and going right into some really crazy/stupid situations at work. I’ve been a bit mopey and out of sorts since January; the endless gray weather has definitely had a lot to do with that.

So I had to get out of the house for a while this afternoon. There’s still lots and lots of snow on the ground, but with weather this inviting, who could resist the outdoors today? I ended up just outside of town, at one of the entrances to the Hebron Trail that runs between Hebron, IL and Richmond, IL. I was expecting snow, some trees, maybe a little bit of nature. After all, no motorized vehicles allowed, right?

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Well….except in winter, apparently.

The trail is apparently an official part of the many snowmobile club trails in the area. Which is fine by me; the snow was packed enough for me to walk on, and I got a few neat shots.

I walked up Seaman Road, and got a few more shots of snowmobiles, this time with some agriculture as a background.

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As I posted on Twitter, the wildlife today included Arctic Cats.

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As usual, the entire set is up on Flickr.

Working on a post regarding sulfur fertilization, for those of you looking for more agronomic content. That’ll be up later in the week, as I’ll be making my final trip to Wisconsin Dells this winter to attend a Winfield Solutions regional conference Tuesday and Wednesday. Until then, enjoy the photos!

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Blizzard

February 2, 2011 2 comments

Here in northern Illinois, we just experienced the 3rd worst blizzard on record in terms of snowfall. The entire Chicagoland area was basically shut down today. We made the decision yesterday to close the office. I left the office early on Tuesday as well, just before the edge of the major storm hit us. We had been getting flurries all day, and the wind had picked up during the afternoon, so my drive home down State Route 173 looked like this at about 3pm Tuesday:

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It’s a short drive home, but  it still wasn’t very fun. Shortly after I got home, the snowfall rate increased dramatically, and the winds picked up even further.

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It was blowing so hard, my south windows began to fill with snow.

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By morning, my back porch was completely full of snow, and the front driveway was drifted in to depths approaching 3 feet. And the overnight snowplows left about 4 feet of snow at the end of the driveway.

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Snowmobilers were using 173 as a path…while it was well plowed in town, much of the road was actually closed to traffic, and it was drifting quite badly out in the country.

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It was quite a storm. After this, I think I’ve had my fill of snow for the year. We’re basically dug out, and I think the roads should be in good shape by tomorrow. We’re headed north to Wisconsin Dells for the Wisconsin Corn/Soy Expo in Wisconsin Dells, so I’m hoping things will be clear. After that, it’s on to Minneapolis for the weekend, where we’ll be seeing friends we rarely see, and taking lots of photos at the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Here’s a few video clips of snow, snow shoveling, and snowmobiles:

February 2nd Blizzard Aftermath from Jim Doolittle on Vimeo.

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