There are times on the farm when nothing goes right. Much like life, there are times when it would have been better if I had just stayed in bed. Of course, if that would have happened, something would have gone wrong there too.
But, there are times when things just go right.
Many in the Midwest (Indiana, Illinois, Ohio) were having an extremely difficult time planting corn due to continuous rain. Here on the extreme western fringes of the corn belt, we began with cold weather, but, it has warmed and the corn has gone in without a struggle. In four days, I planted all of my corn in amongst small rain showers. After the corn was in, I sprayed it with fertilizer, hoping for rain to incorporate it into the soil. A few hours after I pulled out of the field, the rain came! I couldn’t have planned it any better!
I have received many questions about the farm and the practices here on the plains of western Nebraska. In this picture, I am planting “no-til corn”. The ground has not been tilled. It has been sprayed with herbicide to keep the weeds controlled from robbing our stored moisture. This practice also protects the soil from wind and water erosion. In these parts, that is a good thing.
In this picture, I am planting corn into last summers havested wheat stubble. If this was Iowa or even Eastern Nebraska, we could expect yields of 150-200 bushels per acre. In this area, we think anything over 100 bushels is incredible. We just don’t get the moisture here that they receive. Therefore, we don’t plant it as dense as they would there. It’s a nice addition to help rotate crops from our traditional staple crop of wheat.
I have been following the ag scene on twitter. Tuesday nights is #agchat night. Much of the discussion is centered around getting the word out about what is right with agriculture. I must admit, most of the common folks that frequent this blog or follow me on twitter are fans of agriculture and todays food production systems. They like to eat.
I understand there are those who are the loud silent minority, advocating all sorts of changes to the established system. Many of those advocates for change need to understand the truth. It would be like me trying to grow oranges. I have no clue about growing oranges, therefore, I am not going to tell them how to do it. Trust me, I am not going to imlement a practice on my farm that jeapordizes my livlihood or the future of food production here. I think I can speak that for all of my colleagues in the food production industry.
On behalf of the food production specialists of the world, thank you for eating!