June 3, 2013 by dairycarrie
This forecast, after a spring of too much rain and not enough dry days to allow us into the fields has us smiling and frantic. The continual cycle of rain, rain, storm, rain then one dry day before more rain has us super far behind in planting and field work. We aren’t even halfway done with planting our corn or soybeans and we are at the critical stage where the seeds must get in the ground if we want any kind of crop this fall. If it takes us too much longer to plant the corn won’t be fully mature when the first hard frost comes and kills it.
So with all of these dry days this week we should be able to get lots of seed into the ground, right? Unfortunately, no. The ground that the corn is going into is still very wet, we need more than just these few dry days to plant. But we’re far from sitting around on our butts because…
THUNDERCATS ARE GO!!!!
Ok, that’s a Juno quote, or an old cartoon reference, I’ll let you decide. But what it means here is that several other crops are ready to be harvested. The wet weather has kept us from the fields and our rye, wheat and alfalfa are all ready to be cut, chopped and made into cow food. To be honest all of these crops are matured past the point of premium nutritional value but we don’t have much of a choice about when to harvest our crops when Mother Nature says no.
I made a video that shows the process of turning rye into cow food. Check it out!