As you all understand, weather has a large impact on our crops’ growth and yield. Sometimes the end result is prosperous, other times it’s low, resulting in a crop not worthwhile. Last winter we had an extremely dry and cold season. Due to the extremes, some crops struggled, causing us to make changes in our crop choice.
Due to the winter kill from chilling temperatures, the canola came out of dormancy with only a thin stand. However, the wheat in the same circle was not affected by the cold. This is the second year that the canola only yielded about 25% of what the wheat in the same circle made. Therefore, we are reluctantly going to drop canola from our crop list.
Wheat harvest came in a couple of shifts this year. The harvesters cut the irrigated wheat which did much better than last year.
About this same time, we started getting some rain, putting dryland cutting on hold. The rain was too late, obviously, to help the wheat, resulting in a weaker dryland crop yield than last year.
Regardless, we’re very thankful and will never complain about any amount of rain. As an added bonus, it is giving the dryland milo and feed a good start.
Currently, the majority of the Milo is headed other than a portion which was double cropped after the wheat was harvested.
The irrigated corn and milo are looking real good. On the other hand, the dryland milo is showing signs of moisture stress.
Due to the much appreciated and much needed rain, the drought situation in Kansas has greatly improved since last summer. Still, Meade County is by no means out of drought. You can see on the following maps a comparison of last year and this year’s drought impact.
Psalm 65:9 “You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it.”