Oat carpetĀ 

Iowa State University is doing an oat trial on a few acres. It’s a beautiful green carpet right now. And it’s surrounded by just emerging corn or grass waterway. Hopefully we get some good data out of it. It is a long-term study and a first at this location.

Dry as a desert

We started our 2016 planting of corn today and after getting out all the kinks between the machines and I, we are gliding along smoothly. We haven’t had a spring rain for weeks and we are planting about 10-12 days earlier than we “usually” do. According to my records, the average date is April 27. The soil temps are 52 degrees, it’s 75 degrees outside, it’s windy as hell, and the soil is dry as a bone. I feel like I’m planting into sand.

I guess nothing is “usual” anymore.