Columbus and York, Neb.

“And suddenly the sun shone, temperatures rose and the ground began to dry.” Oops, that was Thursday and Friday. By April 27, we had .60” overnight for a rain total of 1.20” for the week and low 40’s. So we wait.

Roy purchased feeder heifers from Marysville. The price was slightly lower than prior weeks. They are a nice set to feed. That’s his business, so carry on.

My York farm was planted on the few dry days. A fair amount was done there. Some work and planting is done between York and Columbus. We drove to Northeast Nebraska to pick up the balance of a load of cattle to fill the pen. Minimal work has been done in those areas and it appears to be very wet. Merely a visual report from the pickup window.

We spent several days cleaning up piles of cornstalks out of the field. Many spreader loads.

All due to water runoff and accumulation. It is the nature of the land in this area.

Roy was able to apply some dry fertilizer. A mix of P, K, S, Zn to fit the soil requirements.

Clean up on the river corn ground and pasture was planned but rain has again delayed this. The sand roads have been so damaged that even a little rain makes them impassible.

I have been doing landscaping at Roy’s apartments. Mostly winter cleanup. He purchased the country school adjacent to his farm in the early ‘90s and converted it to three units.

Fonner Park is winding down and Roy’s horses and trainer will go to Prairie Meadows Race Course at Altoona, Iowa. All will welcome the change as this is a very nice venue.

I’ve had a few CommonGround gigs. A booth at the NAND conference in Lincoln on April 25, Pure Nebraska on May 1, and Norfolk HyVee on May 4. I enjoy visiting with consumers.

Giving a shout out to Platte County Extension for coordinating purchase and distribution of fencing supplies all from donated monies for flood damage. Overwhelming generosity.

“A farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer” — Will Rogers.

Local cash basis — cattle, $1.26-1.28; Columbus ADM corn, +.10; Richland corn, -.23; soybeans, -.99. — Karol Swan