Salina, Kan.

We have had a few days that actually felt a little like spring. Just seeing the sun out for a few days in a row has really helped with morale. We ended up with .65 to .90 inches of rain last week, but between the hard rain and all the wind we had, it actually firmed up the ground somewhat. The rivers and creeks in our area were pretty full, so we were lucky we didn’t get any more of the forecasted rain. We feel for all those affected in Nebraska and our prayers go out to all of them.

We are going to be out checking fields so that as soon as we find something that is dry, we can get to work. We will start top dressing the wheat ground and doing burn-downs on our corn, milo, and soybean ground, focusing first on the double-cropped fields.

All the cows and calves are off the stalks and triticale, so we will be busy rolling up electric fence. Hopefully, we will get the calves sold this week. We would also like to get fire guards mowed around the pastures we intend to burn this year. Between the mud, the weather, and grass greening up, we want to make sure that once the conditions are right, that we can get our burning done. There is such a narrow burn window some years that sometimes you just can’t get it done.

Salina is having the Mid-America Farm Expo March 26-28. We try to get there every year and see the new products and equipment available. They have Dr. David Kohl scheduled to speak one morning during the show. We have read some of his articles in various farm publications and look forward to his talk.

Local commodity basis level: Cargill in Salina — wheat, -.10; milo, -.50; corn, -.40; soybeans, -.90. — Darcy Bradley