It’s getting pretty busy preparing for the big summer field day on our farm. It’s Friday if you haven’t heard. Details are on www.agphd.com. I did manage to drive by the Blank Slate today, and it is fully tasseled and looking great.
If you find my field on Google Earth (great program), you’ll quickly discover that this is not always the case. You can locate the field by going to the corner of 481st Ave and 252nd Street in rural Garretson SD. The Blank Slate is the Southeast corner of that intersection.
One of the cool things you can do with Google Earth is go back in time. Google has several years of data archived for nearly every location you can choose around the globe. You can check out the fields you are farming and ones that you would like to buy or rent in the future. Now do you see how cool this can be?
Find any picture of the Blank Slate in July and you’ll see all the patches that simply burned up on the hilltops and around the terraces. We’ve had a little more rain than normal, but I’ll suggest that taking the first steps to solve the fertility problems are positive factors as well. After all, when a plant is hungry and wanting some fertilizer the first thing it does is suck in more water. When you are not doing a good job managing soil fertility, you will not be efficient using water either.
Hope you can make it to the big field day. If you can, I’d be happy to show you the Blank Slate field and give you some insight on all the other things going on at the Hefty farm.