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09-02-2014 10:59 AM
So, we're getting there...college football season's finally started (good start for my Wildcats and a tough one for the Cyclones), and before we know it, the harvest dust will be flying.
So, what do your fields look like right now? About ready to roll? Still need a lot of time? Just need some time to dry out, maybe? Let's see your pics and comments and create our own little...no, BIG...crop tour!
I don't have any photos yet, but I hear they're starting to pick wet corn to haul to the feedlot at my hometown out in NWKS. Lot of hungry critters' mouths to feed out there!
Thanks, all! Stay safe out there!
09-02-2014 11:24 AM - edited 09-02-2014 11:26 AM
Jeff I went on a trek that led through Garden City to Oakley then west on I-70 to Colorado.
The farms through the the Scott -Oakley area show the august rain. Some of the best dry land milo I have seen for years. A failed wheat crop followed by great milo --------------- congrats to that area
Colby area looks greener than it did in spring as well but north of Oakley milo was burnt bad so the good stuff is on a limited east -west line ---- probably following the Smokey Hill river. Which is good to see for once.
Sw still dry even though we are getting a few hit and miss showers............. Still below 10 inches for the year---- half of normal year down there.
Corn looks decent but acres are reduced and the limitations of water are seen in the half circles instead of whole ones. Dry land milo is burnt up. A few lucky spots will be harvested, but for the most part another dry alnd failure year in the sw corner of Ks.
09-02-2014 12:01 PM - edited 09-02-2014 12:11 PM
Newest wind farm in Iowa going up about 8 miles north of me. taken yesterday. about a dozen already up.
What did not come out was the picture over the top of all the green snap and flat on the ground corn between Panora and Jefferson Iowa, The P stuff suffered as it had such big ears that gave the wind something to push against.
Lots of the beans are showing color, many are small, have to wonder about field averages in many places.
Most corn was fine but not uniform.
09-02-2014 02:29 PM
Once they get all those fans up, you won't be able to plant all that green snap pioneer seed. Pioneer needs to implant a viagra gene in their corn plant and hope it lasts for more than 4 hours.
09-02-2014 08:55 PM
Here is a video taken with a drone this evening. Notice the cornfields where water stood early and plants are already dead, rest of field just at black layer. Beans are starting to mature, plenty of lodging.
09-02-2014 09:11 PM - edited 09-02-2014 09:23 PM
You can go to http://www.dji.com. It is a DJI Phantom Vision 2+. Besides manual fly, it is GPS. You use your iPhone or Smartphone with a downloaded app.....you can operate the video and camera from the touch screen while you fly. You see what the drone sees on your screen. Also, can program GPS coordinates and it will fly the pattern by itself and come back to "home" and land. Total Awesomness. I've only had mine 3 days....this is my 2nd flight so I didn't get too carried away. Heading to SE Missouri to video a friends corn harvest later in week.
Cost, around $ 1,400.00.....another $ 275.00 for a hard case which I recommend. You can also run it off of an IPad Mini which gives you a better and larger screenview while flying.
FAA basically has shut down farmers using drones except for entertainment purposes. Of course, their buddies at Google can continue to use theirs. Welcome to the new police state.