Saturday, April 7, 2012

Tilling 2012 Commences

Across the northern swath of the U.S., farmers are firing up their engines and gearing up for planting season 2012. Latest reports estimate that this year will 'show the biggest corn crop since 1937.' Tilling began today here as well.
Tilling 2012

For any neighbors reading this and wanting an update on our field: Tilling should take a day barring any unforeseen tractor breakdowns or giant rock hurdles. (Rule of Thumb: Equipment breaks when you use it. Second Rule of Thumb that any gardener knows: Rocks also sprout in the spring.) Planting here will take a day or two. This field is small compared to usual corn fields you see; it is about 34 acres of cleared land. Then, they will not be in the field again until harvest time in late summer/early fall. Harvesting takes a day or two at most. In all, it is 3-4 days of field time. If you get a chance, go take a look. (From a safe distance, of course!) The farmer enjoyed it that last year people came to watch him working.
Seagulls are following the tractor, like it were a boat

Here's a little more information from the latest USDA report: U.S. corn growers intend to plant 95.9 million acres this year, which is up 4% since last year. According to more farmland forecasts, corn prices have increased over 2.5% since last year and corn plantings are happening earlier than historical records because of the warm winter (read: not as much frozen ground) and early spring.

Since our field was only recently cleared, they decided to start with corn because it is a dense crop that will grow tall quickly and be able to crowd out the weeds that would inevitably pop up once the trees were removed and the ground was disturbed. It should be in corn for a couple of years until the soil is ready for soybeans or hay.

Coming 'round the bend
Hope this provides a useful update!

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