We are almost feeling like we can finally catch our breath after the spring of 2019 that I will either never forget or block out of my memory — at this point I would say its equal chances for either scenario.
Harvest wrapped on July 3, and we had some great yields and some poor yields. Yields seemed to depend more on planting date in relation to the big rains at the start of October or on how the ground laid and whether it stood water than it did by variety. Chrome and WB4303 did, however, stand out. My WB4303 was planted on Halloween and harvested on July 3 and it was still at 15 percent. But I’m not sure I want to make to many judgments about different varieties on a year like this that is such an outlier.
After fighting narrow windows, mud, replanting, then replanting some of the replant, and putting in some double crop beans, we were finally able to put the planters away. That was a good a feeling. I always hate planting and harvesting wheat at the same time, but that was the way it was almost the entirety of harvest this year. I guess that is what happens when an area goes from 60-70 percent of the ground in wheat acres to 30-40 percent wheat acres.
I mentioned last fall how we were looking for a larger grain cart and then found one. It made harvest run a lot smoother. We run a 7010 and a 7120 and with an 800-bushel cart, the second guy to dump into the grain cart was always having to reposition to make sure it all got in. With an 1100-bushel cart, both combines could easily get their loads in and the faster unload time of the cart made a lot fewer bottlenecks during harvest.
This is the latest I believe I have ever started irrigating, as some hybrids were just starting to tassel when they needed their first irrigation. Just like the wheat the corn crop is all over the map, some dryland fields — if they have good drainage — look like they are irrigated and haven’t been stressed by lack of moisture yet, other fields are patched with drowned out spots. It will be interesting to see how the yields turn out this fall as the uneven stands might not be what we want. The corn that is out there will hopefully make up some for the poor areas. Soybeans in the area are small but the ones that are drilled are starting to get a good canopy. The milo in the area is a mixed bag, some looks OK and other fields struggled to get a good stand with all the rain.
Local cash basis: wheat -40, corn -35, soybeans -114, milo -80. — Adam Baldwin