Friday, September 16, 2011

Frosty September Morning

The sun was rising in the rear view mirror as I went out to see how our chilly temperatures affected the crop. It had been difficult to rest as our crops lay out in the weather. A record low morning temperature is tough in September, especially following our cold, late Spring.
There was frost on Wednesday morning, touches here and there. We were more worried about Thursday morning which was forecast to be significantly colder. We saw 29 degrees Fahrenheit in the predawn hours of the morning, but it quickly rose to 31 and that seemed to be as cold as it had been.
There was definitely frost on the grass. 
Now I was looking toward the fields. 
The soybeans were hit pretty hard in GriggsDakota.
 There was a crispness to some of the leaves.
I hoped the canopy of leaves had protected some of the soybeans, but if the plant is dead, it won't make a difference. 
 It was clear that some plants had been affected by yesterday's frost and the second day will put the finishing touches on killing the plant.
This will affect both yield and quality of the soybeans. Two morning frosts in a row is more than these soybeans can handle.
There is a coating of frost on all exposed surfaces, although some of the beans under the canopy are not visibly coated. 
There is the aroma of plant death as the sun hits the field. 
It is a very sad day in the soybean fields of GriggsDakota.
I needed to see more and jumped in the pickup to take a look at the corn. 
 This lonely bird looked cold on the frosty wire. "Fly South, bird brain!" I wanted to shout.
I had been hearing shotguns all morning and drove by the geese nervously hiding in a nearby stubble field. The ones who don't know me well, took to the air when I stopped. 
But the locals would rather let me take their picture than risk more shotgun fire.
The sun had risen on a beautiful morning. 
 Clear, calm, cold, again.
 There is definitely frost in the corn field, but I do not believe it will kill the corn in GriggsDakota.
 I warmed the leaf up with my thumb which is visible in the middle of this picture. There is a dusting of frost on the leaves, although it is a lighter coating on these leaves that are well above ground level. The lower leaves seem to have been protected by the canopy.
There is frost on the corn, but it does not appear to be a corn killing freeze in GriggsDakota. 
We will know more in a few days, but I think the corn will continue to mature. This will probably affect test weight, but perhaps not yield. There is still potential for a good crop.
Even with frosting, farmers are optimists in GriggsDakota.


  1. I really love how information-packed your posts are, Mom. I feel like I'm sitting at the kitchen table and you and Dad are explaining it to us. Wish I was!

  2. Very nice pictures, I hope the crops and geese made it.