Last week was a whirlwind of weather changes. In the middle of last week, we were enjoying temperatures in the mid-80s, but by Saturday, we were enduring a wintery mix with winds up to 30 mph. Time will tell how all this will affect our wheat. We are looking for more normal weather conditions this week and, hopefully, this will afford us the chance to get our corn in.
Our cattle are still at the lot waiting for May when we will start hauling them to pasture.
We ran pivots last week on wheat acres and plan to again this week once the temperatures warm up.
We have been working on an interesting project with one of our pasture landlords. He was concerned with the amount of old world bluestem in his pasture and was interested in finding out how to get rid of it. Old world bluestem is invasive and reduces other grasses that are better for grazing cattle. It also affects insects and wildlife in the area. As part of the plan developed with NRCS, Kansas Wildlife and Parks, K-State and Fort Hays State, we burned the entire pasture last year and sprayed with Imazapyr. We are planning to spot burn this week to get the extra thick areas and spray the whole pasture again. As long as everything goes according to plan, we should be ready to replant to grass in four years, but this type of grass is hard to treat so we remain cautiously optimistic.
Local commodity prices: Cargill in Salina — wheat, $4.75, milo, $3.43, corn, $3.53, soybeans, $9.74. — Darcy Came Bradley