This seems to be an every year occurence in the Leon Valley. Yesterday brought the worst flooding in the valley's history. These pictures are from my farm below the warehouse. Over half the pumpkin patch was washed out. The soybeans were flattened as well. It was unbelievable.
Channel 209-53STX on light soil is the perfect harvest moisture. This 109 day hybrid has the perfect balance of digestability, tonnage, and grain yield.
Channel's earlier silage product 198-98STX planted in late May is only a couple weeks away from harvest. This tall high yielding hybrid fits well in western Wisconsin. Channel is aggressively developing their silage lineup. There are 2 new silage releases for 2019, 210-98STX and 192-98STX. Both products are in my plot below the warehouse.
Grandpa Bob was the first generation of the Olsons to farm. He was born and raised in Chicago. In the late 50's he bought a farm in Taylor and moved his young family up here. There he started something special. He instilled a great work ethic, and a love for farming that has carried on through many generations.
Much needed rain fell over the region in recent days. All corn and soybeans fields will benefit. Pods should fill and this will increase soybean size. With corn, kernal depth will improve along with potential test weight. I've also noticed some soybeans lodging due to heavy rain. This was compounded by the weight of the filled pods. Overall I feel this should not hurt yields, and they should (kind of) stand back up after defoliation.
Late night session of my favorite playstation game, Farm Simulator! Getting my 3 combines staged and ready. In real life harvest is not far away. Corn silage should start in 3-4 weeks and soybeans not long after. The heat, and in some areas dry conditions are pushing maturity along rapidly.
I enjoy looking at the animals and facilities of the customers I serve. The modern dairy facilities have so many positive features to keep animals happy and healthy. These young heifers at MDS Dairy love the brushes.
Congrats to all area fair exhibitors! We visited Jackson County Fair and my oldest daughter Grace entered many items in the Monroe County Fair. She was super happy to get the special merit award for her water color painting of a pumpkin flower.
I did not want to upgrade drones, but an unfortunate crash landing onto a road helped with this decision. After using a UAV the last 4 years I couldn't be without one. They do make scouting so much more effective. I look forward to flying on your farm again soon.