Tim Bardole farms near Rippey with his father, Roy; his brother, Pete; and his son, Schyler. A former president of the Iowa Soybean Association, Bardole does no-till soybeans and strip-till corn. He also has a set of hog finishers.
Introducing Tim Bardole
April 5, 2021: Blown hydraulic line delays progress
We were just getting ready to do some custom strip-tilling and we blew a hydraulic line, so that delayed things a bit. There are anhydrous rigs out in some of the fields and everybody is getting anxious to get out in the field.
April 12, 2021: Getting back to applying anhydrous
We had 0.6 inches of rain at our place last week. Some places got a little more. We are just getting back to putting anhydrous on fields. I saw one cornfield planted in the area, but he put it in the ground right before the rain hit.
April 19, 2021: Seeded 70 acres to make sure everything's working
A few people started planting last week. We put about 70 acres of seed in the ground, just enough to make sure everything is working right. Using strip-till helps a bit. The top half to three-quarters of an inch of soil are dry so we definitely need rain. I think when it warms up everyone will be in the field.
April 26, 2021: Barely hitting moisture at 2 inches deep
We've got about two-thirds of our corn planted. Around here maybe half the corn is planted and a few beans have gone in the ground. We had a little snow early in the week but we are still dry. We are planting 2 inches deep and barely hitting moisture.
May 3, 2021: Dry ground 'eating up bearings'
We got the corn done last week, and we are about half done with the beans. Pretty much all the corn is planted around here and probably three-fourths of the beans. We're trying to catch up with spraying. We had a half inch of rain Sunday night. That helps. I've heard farmers say the dry ground is just eating up bearings on equipment.
May 10, 2021: Half inch of rain helped but more needed
The corn planting is pretty much done around here and the majority of the beans are done. We have one field of seed beans left to plant. A lot of the corn is up. We had about a half inch of rain over the weekend and that helped, but we need more.