April Update

The wheat is looking beautiful!  It has got it’s deep green color and is beginning to joint.  (The joint is where the head of the wheat will form)  It didn’t take many long warm days for it to really take off growing.

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The corn is all up to a good stand and we are in the process of wrapping up fertilizing it.  Its beginning to look more like the corn belt  here in the boot-heel.  Everywhere you look there is another corn field.  It will be beautiful this summer!

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We have had a very wet spring so far.  We are still planning on planting rice, but only if we can get it in sometime next week.  We don’t want to loose our window for good yields.  Today Don is spraying and fertilizing because the ground that needs working, is still too wet.  They are calling for rain tonight and tomorrow, however, things are drying up pretty fast now that we have longer warmer days.

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Old Man River never ceases to amaze!  One year its banks are so full levees have to be blown up to relieve pressure, one year it is nearly dry and they have stopped barge traffic, this year, well I guess, is more normal.  The river usually comes up this time of year, and boy has it!  Prime fishing and trot lining in the shoots await!  Too bad we have to work!!!

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This is Bunge where we haul most of our crop.  It sits just inside the levee.  You can see the farmland surrounding it is covered by the rising Mississippi River.

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This is the arm that loads the crop into barges.

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When the water really gets up, this road is covered with water.  The workers have parked their cars on the levee and rode a boat to work on occasion!

 

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