Viking corn

Viking corn as of Sept. 6 is dented with no sign of black layer.

We only had two rain showers in the past two weeks -- one was one-half inch and another was four-fifths of an inch. That left plenty of dry days for farmers in the area to accomplish field work. The reduced humidity and sunshine was conducive for haymaking. One farmer I visited with said he put up some nice hay this past week, although not enough of it. Some late-summer-early-fall seeding was done in the area. Soils were dry enough to make a good seedbed.

I saw a field of corn silage that was harvested. It think it was probably taken off a little early, so some stream-bank restoration could be started. In the next two weeks corn-silage harvest should be underway in earnest.

Because I don't harvest any corn for high moisture, the longest-day corn I planted was a 93-day relative maturity. It looks like it's all dented. But there's no sign of black layer. Hopefully we will not have an early frost so the corn will be allowed to fully mature.

Some bean fields in the area are starting to dry in places while others remain completely green.

We didn't have any more hay to do the past two weeks. So I've been doing a mix of this and that. I combined a nice field of oats for a neighbor and hauled out some manure on our own harvested oat fields. I switched heads to prepare the combine for corn, burned brush piles from this past year's wood cutting and mowed with the brush cutter around the fields.

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Wade Bulman owns and operates a small farm of 236 acres in the west-central Driftless Area Region of western Wisconsin. He primarily grows cash-grain crops, but has a small cow-calf herd and finishes his steers.