Everybody Loves the County Fair

We’ve come to that moment in the summer when we step back for a moment and catch our breath. Everybody needs a break now and then and we have a special part of the summer that we look forward to every year; County Fair week. We have been enjoying our local County Fair since we were kids and our sons haven’t missed a year since they were old enough to ride the kiddie roller coaster. It’s a special week in ...

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Applied Precision

On the farm there are many situations were precision technology is used; irrigation is one of them. We use it to plan and implement our variable rate irrigation schedules (VRI) like we talked about in our 7/26/2013 blog entry. We also use another great technology to manage our irrigation systems, wireless communications. Center pivot irrigation is what we use on our farm to keep the crops watered. Keeping the crops watered and the center pivots in good working condition can ...

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Reproductive Stage

We have finally arrived at the critical stage of the growing season for both corn and beans, the reproductive stage. The corn tassels are out and the silks are being pollenated. The beans have been flowering and are now starting to put on pods. It is at this point in the season that the plant changes from the “vegetative” stage to the “reproductive” stage which initials the onset of seeds. The focus rightly moves from the plants themselves to the ...

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Amber Waives of Grain

We are coming to the close of our first season growing winter wheat here at Knuth Farms; this generations 1st anyway. And I must say it was a very enjoyable experience for us and for the many people that traveled the highways our fields nestles up to. There is a beauty to a wheat field that is not lost on most onlookers as they pass by. The gentle sway of the grain that you often see when a breeze catches ...

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Going Undercover

A tool we have been using on our farms for the past number of years is a soil moisture sensor. Soil moisture sensors allow us to take a peak underground to look into the soil profile to see where our water is, how much is there and how much moisture the plants are using on a daily basis. The graph below shows sensor readings from one of our cornfields.

The numbers on the right are the sensor depths and moisture levels ...

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Food and Water

That is about where we are at right now with the 2013 corn crop in our area. We are moving into what is dubbed the “rapid growth” stage of the corn plant’s vegetative growth cycle. A corn plant at this stage of growth V6 to VT (tassel) develops new leaves every 2.5 to 3 days until it reaches vegetative maturity. It is during this time that the greatest nutrient uptake occurs as well. We for our part have been busy ...

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Wet Feet

Corn and soybeans are all up with our earliest planting of corn moving into the V4 stage ( growth stage). Spring 2013 is proving to be a whole different animal than 2012 spring. Almost complete opposites you could say. We have been receiving rains almost weekly along with below average temperatures. The drought we started off the 2013 spring with is but a memory for us in eastern Nebraska. In our April 19th blog (http://knuthfarms.com/growingseasonblog/beginswhereitends.html) you saw the root ...

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We Are Not Alone

Consider the scene. You are driving on a highway in the Midwest and you see a farmer out in the field. Its spring and as of yet nothing is growing. You surmise that the thing he is pulling behind the tractor is a planter, seeder… a distributer of seeds of some sort. It’s that time of year and it serves as a mental queue that warmer days are ahead. I want you again to consider the scene, take a closer ...

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It Begins Where It Ends

“As Nebraska heads into a second year of drought, agriculture and climate experts say conditions will deteriorate more rapidly this year if hot, dry weather hits before substantial rains fall.” March 26, 2013; Source: Omaha World Harold.

“Nebraska still has the worst drought conditions of any state in the Region with nearly 76% of the state in a D4 condition, only a 1.5% improvement over the past three months.” April 04, 2013: Source High Plains Regional Climate Center.

And so it begins. ...

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