|This is corn we planted June 15th|
|This is a field of corn planted July 2nd|
Here in Northeast Ohio, we experienced the wettest spring on record in 2011. This caused a challenge because the fields were so wet, farmers could not get in them to plow, disk, spread manure and plant seeds. As a result, the planting of crops was delayed.
|Lad disking to prepare the field for planting|
Our “plan” is to haul manure onto the fields in April, prepare them for planting in May, plant in May and early June and harvest haylage in June. But all these tasks had to be done in 15-20 days in June (when it wasn’t raining) this year due to the extremely wet weather.
Most farmers in our region plant corn, soybeans and/or hay. We plant corn to be used for corn silage and sudan grass – both commodities we feed our cows.
|This field of Sudan grass was planted in early June|
|Our Sudan is looking good|
Lad works very long hours during the spring to get the farming done in addition to the work that must be done on the dairy. So it’s a great feeling of accomplishment when the crops are in the ground.
Now we’re hoping for a good growing season with enough rain and heat to produce high yielding crops we’ll harvest this fall.