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Winter

This morning is a rude awakening. I know we were warned but it is still quite a surprise to look out at 4:30 am and the sidewalks are all white. 20 degrees and a powerful northwest wind. Any farming activities that involve stirring the soil will probably end by the end of the week here in southern Audubon Co Ia. We did apply some NH3. Never know if that is the right thing to do, but almost every spring we're glad we did. The soil temps have been low enough and it sure appears they will stay low. Our Friday morning departure for AZ will not come any too soon. I'd love to stop by and visit you SW Kansas people, but once we hit the road, my sweetie is Apache Junction bound with no interruptions. I guess I'm kind of like that too. Maybe on the way home next spring we can find time to have coffee around Garden City or Dodge City. Heck, lots of places would work.

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Re: Winter

Was chisel plowing yesterday afternoon trying to get done before ground freezes this week in SCMN.

We were a little south of the band of snow that went across central MN and into WI.

Sure glad I was upwind of the NH3 applicator that was working in the neighbor's field across the township road.

When he lifted the applicator to turn around there was quite a cloud.

There's a number of corn fields in our area that have not been worked yet.

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Still digging here would say about a foot them calves are worth digging for for once. Quite a bit of corn with 5 to 6 feet of snow in the end rows. 

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Fully understand Weedman,

 

Have a safe drive.  Hopefully the big wind is behind us for a while and you will have a good run.

 

Seems like the roads get a little more crowded every year.

 

 

 

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Just arrived home from AZ last night 2 hours before the snow blew in.  Finished our corn Oct. 30th and then headed for KS and AZ for a 11 day anniversary trip that ended in a zero.  Our children and their spouses flew-we drove and then met at the Grand Canyon.  What a view.  They hiked down-we had a small bus drive us down to the Co. River at Peach Springs AZ.  If out of shape and or too old to hike down this is a must.  

 Backing up now,we attended a wedding just south of Studley KS then drove to Oakley KS-down 83 to Liberal where we caught 54 taking us SW to AZ.

Here is what I observed from the road.  The Winter wheat looks very good in KS.  We saw a lot of crops that were grown under irrigation last Summer,  Corn, milo and wheat.  Lots of piles of corn and milo on the ground, some covered with white tarps.  A lot of grain was grown in this area last year.  A lot of marketing info is focused on the the three I states, but I'll have to give it to the NE, KS, OK and even the TX panhandle farmers for their part in the food and fuel supply. (I know there are other states that add to the supply, but on this trip I was not there.)  

I did observe some unharvest milo that was not headed out completely-too dry or hot. This was south of Garden City and north of Liberal.  Also, on the way home there where some holes in the green wheat fields near Pratt-too much rain late.

Like weedman, I did not take the time to stop and visit you KS folks but sure thought of you.

One more thing, on the way home we stopped at Greensburg KS and the visited the museum at the "World's largest hand dug well"  This was the town that was hit by an F-5 tornado in May 2007. destroying 95% of the town. An amazing story.

Have a safe trip.

PS the feed yards near Dalhart TX where loaded and impressive.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lucky you could just pass by the yards in Dalhart and don't have to be at work there during a dust storm event or your impression might shift ---  

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Drove by them one night in February, 1990 with my Grandpa on the way to his brother's place in AZ.

Pretty potent when you're downwind!!  And they stretch out for quite a distance.

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I've seen the yellow warning light blinking to notify traffic on US 54 about the visibility hazard more than once --- reminds me of an post on the marketing page today about large operations and efficentcy's of scale at work ?  

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