Leroy Getz, Savanna, 11/07/2020Updated
This crazy year is coming to a close for reporting. I believe all of the soybeans are harvested with average yields. Some corn is yet to see a combine, but it has been a great fall harvest. No records set, but considering the dry August and wind damaged fields, there were very good yields. The dairy farm had its ups and down for prices, but we're still enjoying milking. As we plan another year, stay healthy and “May God be with you till we meet again."
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 11/01/2020Updated
Temperatures below freezing in the morning and more snow showers Monday allowed very little progress in the soybean fields. Corn harvest is moving rapidly with many farms done. Lots of tillage and some ammonia going on. We finished our corn Tuesday and baled the stalks Wednesday. Good yields, dry corn and a good feeling to be done.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 10/25/2020Updated
Light rain and flurries Sunday (Oct. 18) preceded 2 inches of snow Monday. Combines were caught and stopped in the field. Harvest resumed for two days until Thursday when more rain came. I totaled 1.35 inches for the week. Harvest is complete for some while others are just starting. Soybeans are 95% complete. Cover crops are off to a good start. Our triticale seeded Sept. 4 looks fantastic.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 10/18/2020Updated
Light rain Monday stopped most harvest for the day. Soybeans are nearly complete, only a few late fields that are too tough to cut. Cornfields are looking bare and tillage is following. We had a field that tested 15.5%, and since our storage is full, we took it straight to town.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 10/11/2020Updated
Killing frost of 28 degrees on Oct. 5 hurt only a few late soybean fields. Warm, drier days are dropping corn moisture daily. Soybeans are disappearing fast. We harvested a cornfield that on Aug. 1 I estimated at 247 bushels per acre. Actual yield was 251 bpa. We were happy! Stalks are being baled and lime spread. There has been some late season hay made in this area.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 10/04/2020Updated
Rain for the week totaled .4 of an inch for a September total of 6.75 inches. Last Sunday's showers delayed harvest briefly. We had a combine to repair during that time. Wind damaged fields are slow going but we are getting most of the corn without a reel. Moisture ranges from 19% to 25% and yielding 208 bushels per acre. The predicted frost on Thursday night will start more dry down. Enjoy the fall colors as the trees put on their display.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 09/27/2020Updated
A dry week allowed nonstop harvest activity. Soybeans testing as low as 10% with good quality and yield. Corn is still testing in the mid-20% range but combines are going. Farm safety is foremost on our minds with grain trucks, manure haulers, farm machines, factory workers and adding 10 miles of highway road construction in our area. Traffic on the back roads have caused several accidents.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 09/20/2020Updated
September rainfall now totals 6.35 inches. Sunny days last week have dried things up and harvest started. One producer reported 14% beans while those doing corn are not reporting. We baled some fourth-crop baleage. With the recent hay barn fires in the county, baleage seems the safe way to store forage. There's a lot of plastic being used for silage, hay, ground corn and shelled corn. GDUs total 2,679.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 09/13/2020Updated
And God said, "Let the rains come down." I had 5.1 inches for the week with more falling. Only one day allowed any outside work and the choppers ran Monday. The moisture is perfect for our newly seeded triticale. The cooler, wet days have taken the green color out of the soybeans. The fields with waterhemp are really looking ugly. When the weather dries out this week, maybe harvest can begin. Our GDUs are at 2,592.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 09/06/2020Updated
August rain totaled one inch. I received .25 of an inch on Sept. 2. Everything is still very dry. Alfalfa cuttings of either 3rd or 4th crop were made last week. Corn chopping is going full speed as this crop is drying fast. Many fields have reached black layer and I've heard of corn testing at 24%. Combines will be starting this week. Early planted soybeans are yellowing and I see good size beans in the pods.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 08/30/2020Updated
Hot, dry, 95-degree winds have really sent crops toward maturity. Corn choppers are busy. Storm-damaged fields are slowing the machines and causing problems. Some soybeans are drying and yellowing from the drought. Livestock are looking for relief from the heat and so is everyone else. GDU's are 2,340, which is 310 more than last year.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 08/23/2020Updated
Dry and warm last week. We now have internet service working again since the Aug. 10 storm. We keep finding more trees that are down. A crop tour into Iowa reveals how damaging the storm really was. I saw one field of corn that had already been chopped for silage. I'm hearing that insurance does not kick in unless the stalks are broken off. Our corn is in the dent stage with GDU's at 2,173. Haymaking has gone well with no rain.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 08/16/2020Updated
We had a terrible storm with 100 mph winds Monday afternoon (Aug. 10). It flattened some corn, but most fields are in good shape. Lots of trees and powerlines were knocked down in towns throughout the county. Isolated power outages occurred. We cleaned a lot of downed trees off the edge of the pasture.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 08/10/2020Updated
A very cool week that should have been county fair week. A few scattered showers Aug. 2 but none came our way. It's getting dry! We baled some excellent quality third-crop hay. Corn yield checks on two fields in six locations Aug. 1 ranged from 150 to 315 bushels per acre with a 249-bushel average. Ears are filled well and in the dough stage. Soybeans have good height and seem to have good pods. Planes continue to apply fungicides. Hope the predicted rain comes this week.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 08/03/2020Updated
I received .6 inches of rain Wednesday with up to 1.2 inches in some places of the county. July total - 3.1 inches. This rain will give the crops a nice relief as corn fills ears and soybeans add more pods. Specialty crop growers are adding second crops of sweet corn and green beans following potatoes and first-crop green beans and sweet corn. GDU's total 1,739.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 07/27/2020Updated
We finished our oat harvest and got the straw baled. Wheat and rye are being cut with good quality and good yields. The little rains have been a blessing to keep things green. Planes applied fungicides last week. This corn crop looks great but it's not in the bin yet. GDU's at 1,565.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 07/19/2020Updated
Rain Wednesday amounted to .7 of an inch. July total is at 2.3 inches. Cornfields are tasseling and pollinating with many ear shoots. There is some unevenness showing from compacted soils and moisture. Soybeans look good. I have seen some Japanese beetles, but no damage yet. We combined one field of oats Tuesday yielding about 90 bushels per acre. We have more to do yet when it dries.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 07/12/2020Updated
Life-giving rains came Tuesday of .35 of an inch and 1.25 inches Thursday. With 95-degree days, crops were drying up fast. Corn is tasseling and beans are flowering. Cooler weather is predicted this week when pollination starts. Haymaking continues with spraying following for leafhoppers. We had an unusual breakdown when a raccoon opened the top of our mixer/grinder and became lodged in the unload augers. After several hours of frustration, it found us and the repairman taking the augers apart for removal.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 07/06/2020Updated
June rain total of 3.55 inches. Corn should be tasseling this week. Fields look great with good brace roots. The neighbor's chemical damaged soybeans have been replanted. Second-crop hay making has started. One alfalfa field we did not treat for leaf hoppers shows moderate damage. Our most used piece of farm equipment - ATV four-wheeler - developed a problem, and it looks like I will have to go shopping.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 6/29/2020Updated
A very welcome 1.65 inches of rain last week. With the rapid growth of corn, there are some unusual looking corn leaves which have some growers concerned. Our April 26 corn stands 80-plus inches tall. GDUs now at 871, 150 more than last year. As usual, there is a field of soybeans that got sprayed with the wrong chemical and looks dead. Time will see if it can recover.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 6/22/2020Updated
Light drizzle of .1 of an inch June 13. A very good week for baling hay and oats. Spraying of both corn and soybeans has kept rigs busy. We sprayed an alfalfa field for insects. There were some soybeans planted on river bottoms this week, too. Corn is growing fast with the earliest fields more than waist-high. A good rain this weekend would be welcome.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 6/15/2020Updated
Rain on June 5 of .8 at our farm, but 2.5 inches fell 2 miles south with severe erosion in that area. We had another .5 of an inch June 9-10 from the hurricane. Corn has turned that dark green color and is growing rapidly. There are many very good looking fields around the county. I don't know of any replanting that has occurred. Haymaking continues. However, alfalfa weevils have done some damage, so spaying is required.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 6/8/2020Updated
Rain for the week totaled .25 of an inch Wednesday. Haymaking was the top priority for the week. We had a repair that required a parts run to Iowa where ag dealers are open to walk-in customers. Crops look good in that area. Corn and soybeans are growing fast with the hot days. GDUs are now 450. Spraying has kept the co-ops busy. June is Dairy Month. Enjoy your favorite dairy food daily.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 6/1/2020Updated
Storms May 23 displayed some tornado clouds, but thankfully no damage, only hard rain. From .1 to 1.8 inches fell. I received another inch Thursday. Hot, humid days really made crops and weeds grow. We post-sprayed our sod fields. Hay is being cut to be baled or chopped. The triticale we baled made 2.75 tons per acre. We followed that by seeding Teff grass. Something new to us. The seed is so fine we had to mix it with some fertilizer, and it is already growing.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 5/25/2020Updated
Rain since last report, 3.25 inches. Populations in the cornfields are excellent, and there is better color in spite of all the cloudy days. We have mowed our triticale and hope to bale it before the weekend rains. It was at the flag leaf stage and stood 36 inches tall. I learned a lessen on potato farming - the frost did not kill them but they regenerated new sprouts and look good.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 5/18/2020Updated
Freezing temperatures for several hours May 9 killed hundreds of acres of potatoes. Our tomatoes that were covered with buckets died, too. Alfalfa fields show damage but will recover. Just one more crazy thing for this year. Emerged corn is yellow, but the warmer days should change that. We had .9 inches of rain Thursday and more is falling. Very few fields remain unplanted.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 5/11/2020Updated
Rain for the week fell all day Tuesday, amounting to .7 of an inch. This made good soil to seed contact in most fields. The windshield view on a short trip revels 80% or more of the crop is planted. Some fields that could not be touched last year are now done. Hope the predicted frost this weekend doesn't do much damage. A shopping trip and a routine visit to a doctor requires lots of patience
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 5/4/2020Updated
Rain Tuesday and Wednesday totaled only .15 inches. Planters have rolled everywhere in both corn and soybeans. We have most of our corn planted and sprayed. One field to finish after the last manure is hauled. High school senior grandson, Riley, planted the school FFA cornfield. Our winter triticale is 18 inches tall and will make some early forage.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 4/27/2020Updated
Snow on April 17 of 2 to 5 inches melted fast and did not cause any damage to our oats or alfalfa. Fieldwork included tillage, applying fertilizer, spraying, and planting beans and corn. Rain Thursday of .3ths of an inch only slowed work a little. We have not started to plant but will - somewhere between the "Crazy and the Lazy." We moved some dairy heifers to pasture Saturday.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 4/20/2020Updated
Snow and rain totaled 1 inch for the week limiting much fieldwork. Cold days, strong winds and freezing nights don't give much support for planting any seeds. Time will tell what this may do to our oats and alfalfa that have sprouted. Warmer days will return.
Leroy Getz, Savanna, 4/13/2020Updated
Life on our dairy farm operates near normal – cows have calves, cows are milked, cows are fed and safe, pure Grade A milk is picked up daily. April 1 seemed to be the starting flag for fieldwork with oats and alfalfa seeded. Potato fields on the sand had been planted earlier. Tillage and anhydrous ammonia have been applied with only a few wet areas left aside. Soils are working well at this time. Last Thursday afternoon brought snow squalls to our area.