Hey y’all — my name is Rachael Dente and I am reporting on the M&W Regier row crop operation. My grandpa inherited this operation from his parents, as his parents did from his grandparents. The farm has been in the family for over 100 years and has expanded to become what it is today. I will have the honor of reporting on the day-to-day operations of the family farm, as well as explaining the struggles we have faced and how we overcame them.
The adverse weather in spring has brought challenges when it comes to crop maturity. We are about a week behind, but as the summer has progressed, our crop has grown and almost caught up to last year’s maturity at this time.
There has been plenty of rainfall these last few weeks, as well. So much, in fact, that pipe and pivot irrigation won’t be needed until the soil dries. Specifically, July had very little precipitation, averaging at about an inch the entire month, while the first five days of August has brought us about 3 inches.
Next week our task will be activating the wells and starting up irrigation where nature left off.
While we wait for the ground to dry, we are anticipating harvest and are preparing the necessary equipment for this busy season. We are taking stock of the shape of our equipment and are ordering any needed replacements, as well as picking up where we left off last winter with repairs.
There is minimal pest damage to the crops, but corn mold and insect damage are prominent in some areas. We have sprayed a fungicide and insecticide mix to prevent further crop damage.
Our yield expectation is about 20 bushels less per acre than the previous year due to the spring flooding that drowned out the early crop growth. And even though our crop has matured faster than expected given the circumstances, our operation is still a week behind surrounding farms due to their ability to get the seed in the ground before us. — Rachael Dente