When It Rains, It Pours!

We finished planting our corn on Saturday, May 25th around 2:00 a.m.  Later that day the rain set in and it rained over seven inches last week on our farm.  And on top of that, the temperature dropped to the high 50’s and low 60’s which is not good for corn in wet conditions.

For days we kept hoping the corn would come up and in one field it did.  The news wasn’t so good though in the other three fields we planted.  Kevin dug up a few areas by hand and discovered the seed had rotted, which is what we had expected.  There just wasn’t enough sunshine or warm weather to make the corn grow.

Yesterday afternoon Kevin had to take the field cultivator out and start working the fields again so we can replant the corn.  He ran the tractor until after midnight and was back at it this morning after the cattle chores were done.  We were lucky to miss the rain our neighbors to the south got last night.  I’m praying this time our corn will come up and we are able to get our beans planted quickly.  Our hay is ready to be mowed too so things are getting hectic.  And to add to the stress, we keep having break downs on the equipment.  It seems like when it rains, it pours!

About Chris Chinn

My husband, Kevin, and I are 5th generation farmers. We live on our family hog farm in Missouri with our two children. Our dream is that our children will have the opportunity be the 6th generation of farmers in our family.
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2 Responses to When It Rains, It Pours!

  1. April S. says:

    We’ve had similar issues here in Michigan. Lot of fields that are not planted yet and just now cutting hay that normally would be cut before Memorial Day because farmers have been too busy trying to get crops in or its been raining. Forecast called for sunshine all week so they cut hay and then it rained a bit this morning and has been overcast for the past two days. Hoping you have better days ahead!

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