HERMAN, Minn. – Dana Blume gave his July 5 Producer Progress Report from the cab of the sprayer.
He took a short break from spraying sugarbeets. It was the first Cercospora leafspot fungicide application of the growing season.
“We’ll continue with spraying every 10 days to two weeks through August,” he said. “The beets, overall, look pretty good, I think. They are hanging in there. We need water, but everybody does.”
The sugarbeet rows are closed.
“They’re still growing, so they’re finding water somewhere,” he said. “If it rains, and the beets keep growing, I will guess we will have pre-harvest the middle or end of August.”
Small grains in Grant County are about 10 days to two weeks away from harvest. Grasshoppers are showing up.
The sugarbeets, corn, and soybeans all needed rain in early July. Daytime high temperatures moved back above 90 degrees, but fortunately nighttime temps cooled off into the 60s and 70s.
The soybeans greened back up after iron deficiency chlorosis yellowing earlier in the growing season. The soybeans were sprayed with Liberty, twice, with some areas getting Xtend applied twice. The soybeans rows had mostly closed.
The corn showed some stress.
“It’s curled up pretty well right now,” he said, “but hopefully we get this rain in the next few days they are talking about.”
He guessed that corn pollination will occur around July 15-20. Dana expects a fair amount of variability based on available moisture.
Blume Farms assisted Riverview Dairy with hauling the harvested second cutting alfalfa, and the quantity was adequate for moderate drought conditions. Some of the alfalfa is irrigated, but even the crop that was not irrigated yielded okay.
Repair work continues in the machine shed.
“We have trucks we’re getting through, and we’re starting to hook up the beet trailers,” he said. “We have a lifter and topper out of the shed – that usually ‘makes’ it rain, so we’re hoping it works.”
The Blume family spent some enjoyable time at a friend’s lake place July 3-4 and then they went back to work and sports.
The Grant County Fair is set for July 15-18, and the Blume kids are getting ready for that.
Addison’s softball team qualified for the state softball tourney, and Charlie’s baseball team had qualified for the state baseball tourney. Both events will be held in late July.
“We’ve had to get used to the heat,” Dana said. “Last couple of days have been really miserable with the heat and humidity.
“Overall, the crops are not stellar, but they still have a fair amount of potential here if we get some rain. They’re talking about 1-2 inches of rain this week,” he concluded.
Editor’s note: Rain was falling on July 6, 2021. Next report will share more information on total rainfall.