Crops and Education

A few pictures from crop scouting the last couple days:

Beans, flowering on top, setting pods on the bottom.

Wheat, still a couple of points to wet to harvest


Our multi-year alfalfa plot.  The small strips cut out of the blocks were cut for samples to compare varieties.


A neighbor asked us to rent a field late this spring, so we are trying some BMR Sorghum-Sudan Grass, planted late.

Fixing a plugged drain tile.

We are always trying to learn new things to improve our operation.  Last week my dad, one of our key employee’s and myself took some time off the farm to attend Farm Journal’s Corn College in central Ill.   Picked up some good information there that was very timely as we are considering tweaking our tillage methods.

Many people also don’t realize that just as important (if not more important) as knowing how to grow corn and milk cows, a farmer must have a very firm grasp of business management.  On that note, we have also spent some time in the past weeks meeting with some advisers who are helping get me up to speed on the business side, plus guiding us through the transition from generation to generation.

Also mixed in with all of this learning has been tons and tons of calves!  I need to write a post about that as well.  Do to a foul up with a bull, we are now having a tidal wave of calves.  4-5 a day on average!  At least the barn is full again.  🙂

It has been a busy couple of weeks (when are we not busy?) but my wife and I did manage to sneak down to the Quad Cities for a couple of days.  My Father-in-law bought a new John Deere combine, so we joined him on a “Gold Key” (offered only to people who buy combines) tour of the plant.  I will try to share those pictures sometime soon.  Unfortunately they don’t allow to many pictures.


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2 Responses to Crops and Education

  1. Jake says:

    So, tell us more about the foul-up with the bull. Someone forget to take him out of the heifer pen?

  2. Will says:

    No, our last bull stopped working, he worked fine for awhile and one day he stopped working! We keep a pen where we put heifers when they are of breeding age. The bull is in that pen, and we remove the heifers after a few months and wait for them to calf. Everything was going great until one day we realized that no more heifers were calving. By that time we were WAY behind and had tons of heifers that weren’t bred (we call them “open”) so we bred a bunch and put 3 bulls to work. Now we are catching up for the last 10 months worth of heifer calvings!

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