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  • We got one of those toad stranglers Friday night dennis. 1.5 fast and hard. Just more of my luck. Was planting alfalfa. Finished last round in the rain. Same thing happened 5 years ago when I planted the previous patch. Got pounded on right after I planted. Next time we have a drought I'm going to have all the neighbor's chip in and buy me some alfalfa seed. I'll know how to make it rain. Another half inch last night. We could have some good yields if it doesn't freeze too early. But a lot of acres that drowned out or was flooded and never got planted. Heard the other day that while the lake is a little lower, there is still farm ground under water at the upper end. It's been under since either April or May.

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    • Crops are all over the board here . Some corn looks pretty good some pretty poor . Most of mine is on the better side but still a couple weeks late and here we are knocking on Septembers door . The nights are very noticeably cooler lately . We are winding down our sunflower open house which has been going on the past 2 1/2 weeks . Some flowers are losing there petals and their heads are starting to hang . The crowds have been great and we have been shocked at the distances some have traveled to see them . Some 400 - 500+ miles . Sweet corn has been moving great . Yesterday over 140 doz. , today over 150 doz. Thats 1950 ears at a 13 ear dozen . Our hands are sore from picking . We really could use a good rain . They say maybe tomorrow .

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      • Received a text message from former poster I 55 yesterday, he and his wife had been traveling...Dakotas, and stopped to see "ses" another former poster. 55 says there are bales and bales
        of wheat straw, and more everyday as wheat harvest continues in that part of the world...and the days get shorter. I think those Dakota people may move all those bales to the east so the RIVER
        can carry them down to Arkansas...those floating coffins and to much baled hay in Arkansas can be covered with more bales of straw...

        "To wet to spray" so planning on attending a
        Farm Bill" meeting at Hill City today..

        Got into a little discussion on the street the other day, a local know it all cranked about farmers getting welfare because of President Trump, after he ran down, I
        MENTIONED that WE pay income tax on OUR welfare from the government, does he? ...p I s s ed in action LMAO

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        • Glad things are going good Dan! 150 dozen! That is a lot of picking!
          How do you get your sweet corn to mature ove 2-3 weeks? Here if I plant sweet corn before I plant corn and plant after I finish beans it will pretty much all be ready at once....
          I have better luck planting it all at once with part in the bean field where it gets sprayed with bean chemicals and the rest in the corn field.
          This year the ones in the bean field were spread out for a week or so.

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          • Sweet corn is done on our farm. Froze some, sold some, gave away a lot, and ate too much. At least its used up. Received an inch and a half of rain in the last
            week, enough to finish the crop. We need a lot of warm weather or a lot of late planted crop around here will not make it. Booked propane for corn drying today.
            Doubt I bought enough. Farmers Almanac today predicted a hard winter for the upper midwest. A series of storms (7) , are predicted to march across the midwest this winter, followed by a late spring next year. I'm working on the calving barn that went down last winter. This winter the cattle will be gone and the water fountains drained
            and put to bed until next spring.

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            • Cold and windy here. much needed rain on Mon. made crops look a whole lot better.
              I hope that really nice OLD man in the U.P. got some rain. I will let Dan11 explain

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              • My memory isn't that great but I can't ever remember an August when I wished it would quit raining awhile. 3 days left in August and I haven't done my 3rd cutting of alfalfa yet. Well, maybe, if you consider the second was so late it was about 2 cuttings in one. Still got one farm to do prairie hay and brome on. About gave up on my turnip/radish cover crop. It's getting so late now, think I'll just plant some wheat in it and call it good. If rain makes grain, I should be a millionaire after fall harvest.

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                • 4450, After looking at the closing markets today, glad you are looking forward to the fall harvest, even if I detect a bit of sarcasm... lol

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                  • bean pods still very flat and small have noticed alot of 2 bean pods and no 4 bean pods,pod #'s also seem smaller,cloudy all weekend no rain with cool temps,we could use a rain

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                    • As of today, we have had 2161 GDU's since May 6th, when corn planting started here ( only one day of planting, followed by snow). Normal GDU's is 2076 for this date, so we are ahead by 85 GDU's Thats hard to believe. 100 day corn needs about 2351 GDU's to reach black layer. So, if we accumulate an
                      average of 15 GDU's per day, in September, corn should reach black layer around September 16th. There is also data to suggest hybrids will adapt and mature quicker in a shorter growing season, so we may see black layer sooner then expected. Here in West Central Minnesota, our historical first killing frost date is October 9th . There are very few perfect fields around here. Most have holes in them where the corn either drowned out in the low ground, or rotted in the ground on the sidehills. GDU data compliments of our local agronomist.

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                      • Our little trip on highway 14 to Huron SD for SD state fair on Sunday show lots of unquestionably impossible to measure crops until the scale tickets are counted. So.e drowned some hailed some great nothing even.
                        Don't get tripped by what's behind you

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                        • Originally posted by flyingRoot View Post
                          Our little trip on highway 14 to Huron SD for SD state fair on Sunday show lots of unquestionably impossible to measure crops until the scale tickets are counted. So.e drowned some hailed some great nothing even.
                          The prevent acres are incredible in Beadle County....on the way up seen really good looking alfalfa being laid down to only get rained on for a night and a day.

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                          • I got a post card in the mail today from Hefty Seed Company heftyseed.com urging customers to place your orders by Sep 20th in order to beat the
                            NEW TARIFFS that go into effect this fall on ag chemicals. Donald is doing it to us again. First he destroys our soybean market, next he grants waivers
                            to oil refiners destroying demand for 1.43 billion gallons of ethanol, and now he wants to increase our corn production costs with tariffs on farm chemicals.
                            David Kruse said it correctly, Trump has made us millions and cost us billions.

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                            • No kidding,choreboy, the Presidunce promised us that the Chinese would pay for the tariffs, doesn't seem to be working out that way. Thank God that the Mexicans are going to pay for his wall, I don't think we could stand the extra expense, on top of everything else.

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                              • china is not our friend they have been cheating ,lying for a long time ,trump is just addressing what should have been done a long time ago,and even if you don't agree whats the answer elect a democrat? they are pushing radical socialist agendas and climate change,wanting to eliminate all fossil fuels in 10- 15 years,and get rid of animals as their farts are causing the earth to warm,no fuel means no ethanol and no animals mean nothing to eat our grain =no demand for our grain there won't be a farmer left standing.not to mention the trillions they want to spend on free eveything will send the USA into bankruptcy ,just becareful what you ask for sometimes the cure is worse than the disease

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