Friday, June 8, 2012

Farm Friday

Happy Farm Friday!  This week on the farm we have been busy cultivating and spraying.  The purpose of row crop cultivating is to take out the volunteer corn in our corn on corn fields.  The photo below is of My Farmer cultivating earlier this week.  You have to be very careful while cultivating, because one wrong jerk of the wheel and you will take out your corn rows!

Another interesting thing about this photo is that it shows some egg layer houses in the background.  Iowa is the top producer of eggs in the nation.
My "backyard" corn field is growing nicely.  Things are a little dry, but other than that, things are going well.

The corn is above my waist and quite a bit of it is chest high.  So much for "knee high by the Fourth of July." 

Our dog Bailey playing in the corn field
Moving onto my "hog's backyard".  Our soybeans are now all up out of the ground.  We had some cooler weather that caused some soybeans to stay under the ground till it warmed up a little bit more.

Probably in the next week or so we will begin spraying our soybeans to get rid of any weeds and volunteer corn that is in the fields.

If you look at the soybean plants you can see that they are at the V1 growth and development stage.  V1 means that their first trifoliate leaf is unfolded.  In the photo below I am trying to show the trifoliate leaf, as well as the second trifoliate leaf in the process of unfolding.  Once that second trifoliate leaf unfolds the plant will be at the V2 stage.

Hope you have a great weekend.  Feel free to leave comments and/or questions.  I'd love to hear from you!


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