Tuesday, August 20, 2013

No Rain = Dry Soybean Fields

Although I consider myself an optimist, I was fearing the worst. It is over 90 degrees Fahrenheit this evening as I drive to the AdFarm soybean field. The fire danger is high and there is a light coating of dust from our gravel roads and dirt trails covering everything I pass. The dust rises in great clouds behind my pickup truck, although I am not driving very fast. It hangs in the hot humid air. 
Tardy, like every everything else this season, August heat has arrived.
 On my way to the AdFarm field, I had passed this field. Notice on the ridge that some of the soybean plants are shriveling up. It is too hot and dry for the beans to continue to grow. They have dried out.
When I got to the AdFarm soybean field, I was pleasantly surprised. 
 Things are not too bad out here.
The sign is up announcing that the field is being grown under contract.
 There are soybeans forming on the plant. There is hope for this crop. 
The plants have managed to form a canopy which shades the ground. The shade helps to keep the ground cool for the roots. The crop could still be salvaged by rain.
 The pods just about the ground are well formed and starting to fill.
Rain has fallen this Summer only in splashes. We have not had a general rain that covers a large area pass through all season.
 At the top of many plants are blossoms, waiting for the opportunity to form more pods. That, of course, will take rain.
I have company in the grass. 
There are grasshoppers. 
The grasshoppers have damaged the soybean leaves only on the edge of the field. It appears that the hoppers have not entered into the field further than a few feet. 

 So the soybeans are dry, but not dead, damaged, but not discouraging, down, but not out in GriggsDakota.

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