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All across the midwest, farmers are cooping with drastic weather patterns as heavy rain saturates fertil farm ground, holding back farmers from starting spring planting.
In his blog post for this week, Brian writes about how improvements they previously made to their fields irrigation systems last year, are now paying off.
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It was a wet week for this Farm Week in Pictures! We had rain almost every day ending with a big storm Thursday that dropped water on saturated soils. We have no crops in the ground yet so no damage done there. We will however be waiting until everything dries out before we can start to think about sowing seed this year. As of now it hasn’t rained significantly in the last 24 hours which means a lot of standing water has already drained off or at least has found its way to all the low spots by now. A few days of no rain will make a huge difference. Let’s recap the week!
Before the weather turned wet I walked around our cereal rye cover crop to do a little digging. The roots are providing some nice soil structure in the top few inches of soil. I’d like to get our backhoe out here to dig a pit in order to find out how deep the roots penetrated. This rye will scavenge nutrients from the soil, suppress weeds, prevent erosion, and improve our soil. The roots will leave behind channels providing easy movement for crop roots, earthworms, and water. We planted about 200 acres of cover crops
last fall, and we have plans to do 400 this fall.
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