The last couple of weeks, it’s been just like a typical July as I’ve been trying to keep my pumps running to keep the water flowing. It has just been to keep the water out of my basement instead of on my corn.
I remember when waking up to rain was a good feeling, that’s a feeling I haven’t felt in 8-9 months. Phil White, an old fraternity brother of mine, has a theory when people tell him he shouldn’t complain about rain because someday you will be in a drought again. His thought is, complaining about rain when it isn’t needed does not preclude you from complaining about the lack of rain later in the summer, because too much rain or the lack of rain are equally problematic. So, he will complain about the rain now and complain again if there is a lack of moisture in August.
Since I last wrote, I was able to get another field of corn planted, which basically makes us 100 percent planted minus replants. If it wasn’t for some planting restrictions with some of the burndowns we used this year, I would probably switch some planned soybean acres to sorghum to take advantage of the corn rally. I just received a text from my buddy in eastern Kansas who still has corn to plant, he said that the ethanol plant near him just put out a bid for sorghum for the first time since 2008. I think guys should consider that while the door for corn is closing or closed, the door for sorghum is still wide open.
Our wheat has really taken advantage of the cool wet weather and I am surprised about how little has drowned out so far. Fields that were poor now look decent, and fields that were good now look incredible. We found stripe rust in several fields on the week of May 13; we were able to get them sprayed with generic folicur with our ground rig before the rains. The stripe rust wasn’t thick but was present and given the temps and the quality of the wheat, spending $1.75/ac on fungicide seemed like no-brainer to us.
We are trying to get everything ready for when it finally does dry out. I always like to say it’s nice to have all your planting done by wheat harvest. This year there is no chance of that happening and most likely we will be planting and harvesting simultaneously the entire wheat harvest. This will be a year that for sure will be limited by hours in the day and butts that can be put in machinery seats.
Local cash basis: Wheat, -36; corn, -32; soybeans, -107; sorghum, -75.— Adam Baldwin