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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
-- Walsh County, northeast North Dakota
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Extreme weather is normal the Texas Panhandle, said Danny Nusser, Texas AgriLife Extension Service district director at Amarillo. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Kay Ledbetter)
This is not a dried pond bottom, but a low spot in a Chambers County pasture. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo)
The wheat and barley is looking good. Where we sprayed glyphosate or gramoxone before emergence, there are no weeds.
Wherever we spread fertilizer on corn stalks, it is increasing degradation of the stalks. I want that planter or drill to hit those stalks in April and the stalks blow into a million pieces.
Bins and trucks will be the next management issue after the first of the year.
(Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Jim Lytle)
Spinach harvesting in Southwest Texas was delayed slight by wet weather, but the crop is doing very well this year, according to Dr. Larry Stein, Texas AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Larry Stein)
It’s hard to tell the snow from the cotton in this field in Tom Green County. It was the first snow in the county in three years that resulted in any accumulation, said Steve Byrns, Texas AgriLife Extension Service communications specialist, San Angelo.
(Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Steve Byrns)
Now this big winter storm!! Will 2009 ever end? How is the rest of Northern Illinois?
On Dec. 5, the Ruestmans still had 30% of their corn to harvest—and Greg had to shut down the combine about 1 p.m. because his elevator had closed for the day. “Noon closing has been pretty typical,” he says. “The biggest problem this year is finding a place to haul wet corn.”
The last field Ruestman harvested on Dec. 5 had a moisture content of 23%. Test weight was 55 lb. per bushel. “That’s heavy corn this year,” says Greg. “One hybrid hit 57 lb., but some couldn’t hit 50.”
-- Darrell Smith, Farm Journal
Conservation & Machinery Editor
Stocker cattle on wheat pasture. (Texas AgriLife Extension Photo by Stan Bevers)
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