07-08-2012 06:30 AM
Received .4" rain Saturday afternoon in central Kansas, very isolated and wide spread not the drought buster we're all hoping for. Anyone in the corn belt get any significant moisture to carry them on or buy time so to speak? Could set up for an interesting market week ahead.
07-08-2012 08:13 AM
The only 'rain' I got was under the pivot, and even then, this week, it involved rolling 2 flat tires out of the field (through the only mud around) and wheeling in 2 fixed ones. Glad I have a 'spare' as I was only down a half a day total. I ran the flat to town to get fixed (took a new tire, of course) and wasn't home 2 hours, when the pivot quit again.
Friday, was hot and dry, and seems to be the day that things went downhill the most. There were dry patches here and there, but Friday, it seems like a lot of dryland corn turned gray, all at once, which tells me we are running out of subsoil moisture.
07-08-2012 12:25 PM
if you take a small chain and run it through the hole in the rim and around the tire then bolt it, the chain will keep the tire on the wheel until the pivot gets around to your road where it is easier to get your new tire into it.
07-08-2012 02:26 PM
07-08-2012 03:35 PM
A couple guys in our area have old JD highboy sprayers that they use to drive down through the corn to get to a flat or bad gear box. You should be able to do that by coming in on the dry side of the pivot. Of course they have a lot of pivots and can spread the cost over all the pivots. Seems like something neighbors could go together on.
07-08-2012 03:48 PM
We still use a little motorized "mule" that fits between the rows, but there are several of those old sprayer rigs being tried around. We are watching a couple for future ideas. Be careful guys, it is a nasty job and worse when it's hot, Never to be done alone in the heat if you have a choice. "Bull headed" can turn to heat stroke real quick.
07-08-2012 03:48 PM
I had 1.1" out of 4 seperate rain events last week. Temps hit 100 or more 3 days. Corn planted May 4-6 is tasseling. Bad damaging storms hit both east and west of me last week. Some are still w/o power. Toledo Ohio area. We're getting just enough in these little shots of moisture to keep things green in the field. The funny thing is that all lawns look awful and dried up.
07-08-2012 05:11 PM
My daughter that lives in cincinnatti said they are receiving heavyrain (sunday afternoon). I've always said that we have no idea what crappy work is like the guys that irrigate! Supposedly I live where it rains. We bury alot of tile, but then it's done for a couple generations. To all the irrigators out there, you have my admiration and respect. I'm not worthy!