Monday, August 12, 2013

Continuing the Barley Harvest

The long hot days of August have not arrived in Griggs Dakota this year. Rather, we have had foggy mornings and cool temperatures. It has been a week since we last combined any barley. 
We have finally resumed swathing. 
Some of the barley has been on the ground for a few days, so we hope that the combines will be rolling this afternoon. 
The dewey morning have given way to sunny afternoons. The weather has been perfect. 
It's the barley that has been difficult and slow to dry. 
I am unaware of research that measures the value of heavy dew to crops, but the consensus around here is that there must be some benefit realized from all the water that condenses on and around the green plants in the fields. 
And so, we hope that, as the barley harvest crawls along in half day starts and stops, the soybeans and corn are benefitting from our unusual August weather in GriggsDakota. 

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