The forecast changed quite a bit in the past two weeks. We received about 1.5 inches of rain April 22, followed by 2 to 3 inches of snow April 27 and then about 1 inch of rain this week.

Locations to our south were rolling this past week. I even planted one of my Pioneer seed plots near Burlington, Wisconsin. But they didn’t miss the snow. They received more rain this week.

So instead of planting we’re now talking about cold imbibition of corn. Soil temperatures with the snow and cold rains this past week were in the low 40s to high 30s. So we’re somewhat concerned about what damage that may do to corn that was planted before the weather.

Another change from the previous update is that once we received some heat and sun, we started to notice more alfalfa that didn’t make it. I know of a few farms that have more than half of their alfalfa that will need to be replaced this year.

In between the rain this week I’ve been out checking our fields. We didn’t finish tillage this past fall for weed pressure in case we can’t finish tillage this spring. While our fields have been fairly clean it does appear that summer annuals are starting to make their appearance, with giant ragweed and common lambsquarters appearing in most fields now.

We, like many others, have run out of spring projects and have all our equipment ready to go whenever the weather breaks. So we’re now working on a few projects in the shop that we were planning to put off until after spring. We’re finishing some yard projects for the same reasons. While it’s nice to finish some stuff we didn’t plan on finishing, it will be welcome to be back in the fields. Hope everyone has a good week.

Kyle Stull farms near Ixonia, Wisconsin, at Kieck Farms LLC handling the agronomy side of the business. He and farm owner Dennis Kieck run 1,300 acres of corn and soybeans along the Rock River. Stull is a certified crop adviser and also runs Stull Agronomy LLC providing crop-consulting services along with selling seed.