We are supposed to get a big rain event tonight into tomorrow. I planted 250# of soybeans in a couple of plots that total about 2-1/2 to 3 acres. The hardest part was finding fertilizer. I was able to find some 6-24-24 and 3-14-42. I had time to work up 500+ yards for future HD screen.
The broadleaf weeds and grasses have doubled in size over the last week. I used a 5’ weed wiper on an acre of clover, 2 acres of trefoil and about a 1/4. I used a 2:1 ratio of water to glyphosate. Some of the broadleaf weeds were already wilting by the time I finished treating all the plots plus a quarter acre that I plan on expanding a rye plot.
Too bad on not getting pumpkins for 2 years BigCC. I have had excellent success planting into no-tilled soil.Planted Howden pumpkins properly again this year. First time planting them in 2019 I tilled, dragged and planted and they grew great. The last two years I tried just spraying a few times and didn’t till. Vines grew and flowered but not one pumpkin. I assume that I just messed up by taking a shortcut.
Hoping for a better turnout this year. Not necessarily for the deer, but fun to have for Halloween.
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Great thatch there Big CC. It won't lay down as well now as it will in another month or so. If you don't plan to plant now I would leave it go so it can grow some more and give you more thatch for your fall planting.Thanks for all of the info, WT. It is always greatly appreciated!!
Today I checked on my three small plots in the woods. Seeded heavily with rye last fall, and put down clover 4 weeks ago. Wow the rye was tall!! Obviously I’m not opposed to tilling, but I prefer not to. All 3 woods plots are across water with no bridge and not easy to access with equipment. I usually start spraying early spring and plant clover and rye in the fall. This year I decided to not spray so early. I have never seen the rye this tall since I always sprayed early.
Today I tried knocking it down with a landscape rake but just pushing the rye down, not actually raking it. Seems to work, but my guess it is will pop back up since I’m guessing it isn’t dead. Will see what happens.
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It is a good idea to have a level area for the 3 Pt implements - even better if you have asphalt millings to keep the weeds down.Built an equipment pad using asphalt millings at my property today, having a nice level area makes it much easier to hook up the 3pt implements. Also brush hogged a good portion of my trails and disked an area that I’m going to plant sunflowers in tomorrow afternoon. Sprayed all my fruit trees this past Friday, Saturday didn’t accomplish any property chores, had an open house to attend on the other side of the state.
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My property is in Hillsdale county and is less than 5 miles from the OH border. I’m still learning how to determine the rye stages. Based on time of year I assumed that I missed the dough stage, but it was not completely dry/hard so I guess it is possible that I was on the back end of it.@Big CC - Any idea if that rye is in the 'dough stage', and what county are you in if you don't mind me asking?
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I am trying to time a trip to Lake County to crimp my rye, hoping to catch it at the right time, but it looks like it will be June 26th. Hope I don't miss the window.
The easiest way to tell if rye is in anthesis (dough stage), in my opinion, is to look for the pollen tubes hanging on the seed heads. This is pretty fool proof....I’m still learning how to determine the rye stages. Based on time of year I assumed that I missed the dough stage, but it was not completely dry/hard so I guess it is possible that I was on the back end of it...
Thanks Matt, great info and video.Here's some video I shot over the weekend that shows a rye field in the dough stage and ready to be terminated.