It is extremely windy here as I write my report. We received rain last week, about 1.10 inches. We are very thankful for the moisture because it has kept the wheat growing. The rains have been very timely for us. As the wheat starts to look bad, we catch enough rain to pull it through. Right now, the wheat looks to be in good shape. Aaron Phelps, our agronomist, did find some freeze damage in the wheat, but only time will tell how it will affect yields. We began planting corn this week because the soil temperatures were finally high enough to get started. The corn has been planting very nice and we have found we have good soil moisture. Next week, we will begin to plant our full-season soybeans. The weathermen are calling for possible severe weather the next few days. Hopefully, we will get the rain but not the hail they are forecasting.
We will start hauling cattle out to grass this week. We have reduced stocking rates to accommodate for the low-quality grass. The pasture pond levels look like what we typically see in August.
May is very busy for us, outside of farming. Bill and I both have boys that are graduating high school. The calendar is full of “lasts”! High school baseball is also in full-swing. Our boys’ team is 11-3 right now so we try to make it to as many games as we can. It’s amazing how it feels like yesterday these boys were playing little league games! How time flies!
Local commodity prices: Cargill in Salina: wheat $4.92; milo $3.49; corn $3.59; soybeans $9.62. — Darcy Came Bradley