Radar Rain

Three farms down, two to go. One of those two well started. It’s been raining since Mayday. A shower here, a shower there. 2/10ths in the gauge total for four days worth of rain gauging up north of I-80 where I’m planting the sod. No till planting in sod works good with intermittent sprinkles, bean stubble with wet hard-pans not so much. Maybe seventy five acres left to plant to corn, twenty five sod with the rest corn on corn.

For the second time this spring we are taking a whole week of showers to get only around an inch or less of total rain. On the live weather radar it looks like we’re really getting a rain. This year I have a couple of rain gauges up so I can ground truth their “total precipitation for the past 24 hours” section of the Doppler data.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining. Unless this becomes a season long phenomenon. Though it won’t be the first time I’ve farmed through a year with a trend of the rain never quite getting here. For now it’s not a problem, we came into the season with a full tank of leftover water that fell last year. I only need an inch or two of rain to soak in the nitrogen and weed killer. If they put in the nitrogen stabilizer like I told them I have weeks for that couple inches to fall.

Come to think of it this year it could take a few weeks of “rain” to get a total that large. Pray for timely rains. I know I am.

If I don’t see ya there I may see you then.




As of sundown last evening. The rain was minimal. Around five o’clock as I drove up north to see how dry it was getting everybody and there dog was out planting something. The next door neighbor was planting in the cornstalks. I should say both next door neighbors. One up north and one down home. The one up north was planting beans but the other next door neighbor up north running a grain drill was running in bean stubble. Beans on beans? The third next door neighbor was still planting corn in bean stubble. CO-OP was just finishing up there too as I headed home. The two youngest daughters were along for the ride so we stopped in town at the park to let them play a while.

It doesn’t look like the tile line guys work on Saturdays. The welder guy does. He was over west hiding from a shower in his truck cab when I pulled up. The Vacuum’s ready to roll. The CO-OP boys were applying the corn weed and feed there as we finished up welding the guy wires (chains) to the auger tube bracket. That’s my patent to reenforce the self supporting auger better. I’ve seldom met a machine that didn’t need a tweak here and there. It should be good to go for another hundred thousand bushels. Given a little duct tape and baling wire. My older brother is planting corn for the guy that sold me the vacuum so as long as they get along it sounds like I can have used parts cheap.

If I don’t log on tomorrow have a happy Mom’s day.

See you then, see you there.