Well I did it again.
Sunday afternoon drive about.
Much of Missouri got massive rains this last week.
The river that goes through two of my farms was in flood
stage in north central Missouri. Went for a looksee.
Also did crop scouting at same time.
Corn for most part was as good as I've ever seen.
Beans south of Iowa line just simply SUCK, just a few exceptions.
Most along our route poor stands and very high % just planted last few weeks
As we got closer to Chillicothe from the north on hwy 65
the flooding became quite graphic. Saw some dikes overtopped.
The four lane hwy south of Carrollton was closed due to the wetness problem.
I'm sure glad we did not contribute water to that disaster.
Not gonna be a bin buster bean crop out of Missouri this year.
Headed west to the interstate.
Stopped in Bethany Missouri at the regionally famous
Toot Toot restaurant, great meat eaters buffet.
Back on road again northbound, decided I wanted a few fireworks
so stopped at Eagleville.
Oh yea beat Iowa out of 20¢ a gallon for gas.
There beside the gas station/fireworks complex was a Volvo SUV all elec
backed into a charging station. Had Minn plates,
I had almost 400 miles
On last fillip. So while I spent the couple minutes refueling the husband of
The couple sightseeing with us went over to ask a few ?'s.
Older lady by herself sitting there, said she'd been there couple hrs already.
Headed for Kansas city.
Had walked over to a cafe and had supper etc. Said she'd be there till 1am.
Said I'd cost only $7 for a fill up. By this time it was quarter till nine.
Her gauge said she stil only had 50 miles of range in her battery so far.
She had been sitting there with Windows up so probably had air conditioning on.
Got back in our vehicle fully recharged with an estimated 695 mi
range on the gauge and was on the road again.
Did I mention Toot Toot in Bethany , Missouri is a great place to refuel yourself?
Yea I thought I did.
Re: Our Volt is nice compromise
It has a 55 mi range on electric which will get us to any one of three small cities & back on electric. Thanks to the regeneration feature we get 45 mpg on gasoline. 95% of our driving is with electricity locally, when we want to go further, like to Maine (600 mi.), we buy a few gallons of gasoline and don't worry about it.
What I really like is, currently we're paying 7 cents per mile to run on gasoline, 1.25 cents per mile on electric. We've saved about $1000 this year alone.
Re: TID BITS
Thanks for posting the video, Hobby. I`m only 20 minutes into it and finish this evening. The big takeaway so far is this small reprieve of moisture we`ve received over the weekend didn`t solve anything. Eric Snodgrass is on his way to being a great one.
I don`t give 2 hoops on what the big report has to say tomorrow, there are much bigger production issues going on.
Re: TID BITS
Good stuff Hobby. I like the tidbit about the MN SUV owner being sidelined for half a day waiting for a charge.....should have more stuff like that to keep the liberals occupied and out of mischief.
Had some nearby hail that missed my farms......the strip was a mile south and a mile north of two of my farms so it was close. Not the total loss hail, but it did strip the corn and soybeans pretty good where it hit.
Thing about hail is that it is a threat right up to the time you harvest and bin the crop.
Re: TID BITS
This site has forecast 10 of the last 2 crop failures.
Right now, how bad will the NW corner be and how far SE will it extend?
And how good will the Central belt be?
As K says, the next two months will tell the tale.