ELGIN, N.D. – Hot, sunny days are the story south of Elgin at the Laub farm where crops are continuing to develop well in the heat of July.
“Everything is looking good. We still have good soil moisture, but we could use some rain,” said Clarence Laub III, who farms with his dad, Clarence, Sr.
The farm hasn’t received rain in the last week and a half, so a timely sprinkle would be great.
Out in the fields, the spring wheat is glinting gold in the sun and heat, turning color.
“The spring wheat is good, getting close. There are a few green heads in the fields, but most of it has turned color,” Clarence said. “It will probably be ready for harvest in a couple of weeks.”
The Laubs are preparing for harvest, cleaning and doing maintenance on their combine and trucks.
Their corn, which takes advantage of the heat units is “looking good.”
They grow corn that is an 89-day maturity hybrid and another that is a 94-day maturity hybrid.
They plant two different maturities because if the 94-day performs well and makes it to harvest, it will yield better.
“The 89-day is tasseling and starting to pollinate,” he said.
Sunflowers, which are some 4-5 feet tall, are also growing well.
“The sunflowers are doing well, but haven’t started flowering yet,” he said.
Their hemp for grain is “developing, gaining seed.”
“It’s about 5-6 feet tall. It has finished pollinating and the male plants are dying off,” Clarence said.
The hemp for CBD, which was carefully planted in three fields, has been irrigated and is growing well.
“We have a truck with a water tank and water each field to make sure the plants have enough moisture,” he said.
Each field is located in different sections of the farm as risk management against storms and hail.
Because each plant is so expensive, the Laubs can’t afford to lose any plants, so they watch it carefully and make sure the plants aren’t deficient in moisture.
Recently, the father/son team finished cutting and baling the cover crops and the alfalfa hay.
“We’ll let the cover crops regrow for fall grazing for the cows, and if there is enough time, we may get a second cutting of the alfalfa. We doubt it though,” Clarence said.
Meanwhile, Clarence was the only producer who had a presentation at the Dickinson Hemp Workshop, although a couple of others who are growing hemp in the southwestern region answered a couple of questions. He has grown hemp every year it has been allowed in North Dakota. There was a good turnout for the workshop with several speakers.
Speaking of growing, Clarence is a first-time dad. Clarence and Ashley had a baby boy recently. They named the little cutie Clarence IV, and he weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces at birth.
Grandparents Clarence Sr. and Sandra welcomed their sixth grandchild, and are very excited to have another grandchild and Clarence’s first.
Congratulations Clarence and Ashley.