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Missed the showers completely yesterday. Think we hit 100 degrees at one point. Cooler today in the low 80s. Just amazes me how green the crop still looks. Grass is drying off turning brown. Lots of blooming canola showing up. Mine is a little behind the neighbours as it was planted a bit later and on summerfallow. Maybe it can hang on til later this week when there is a chance of rain in the forecast again. 

 

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Corn just starting to tassel here. Mowed around about 80% of mine before finding this. Planted on 4-23. Always look for tassels on the fourth because of the old saying, "knee high by the forth of July".

Darn good onion crop this year too!

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So just a dumb question from someone who’s never been around field corn before new or old variety’s. Are the new variety’s growing taller now so the knee high by 4th of July is out or is it just the genetics and they’re developing quicker? 
 

Nice looking crops either way except for the onions, I hate onions lol ?

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Went out to check my rented land tonight on the reserve and was pleasantly surprised. It’s caught up to the stuff at home again and actually looking a little better. Stuff at home is filling in now too but this is a little more even I think. 

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8 hours ago, poor farmer/logger said:

So just a dumb question from someone who’s never been around field corn before new or old variety’s. Are the new variety’s growing taller now so the knee high by 4th of July is out or is it just the genetics and they’re developing quicker? 
 

Nice looking crops either way except for the onions, I hate onions lol ?

I assume mainly genetics. Earlier plant dates may come into play too.

You really can't see the tassels in the photo, only a small % were out. I was standing on the fender of the tractor when I took that shot.

Love the onions, need more liver to cook!!!

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Finally got 12 hours of a good rain, thought we were going to miss out then the heat gets turned up again starting tomorrow which would have finished off the crops, used to call it a million dollar rain but that must pale now in comparison with inflation, hopefully headed east

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28 minutes ago, hardtail said:

Finally got 12 hours of a good rain, thought we were going to miss out then the heat gets turned up again starting tomorrow which would have finished off the crops, used to call it a million dollar rain but that must pale now in comparison with inflation, hopefully headed east

Good to hear you guys got a good shot. Hopefully it makes it over this way too.  How’s your hay crop this year? 

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We have had less than 1 inch of rain in 8 weeks. The corn has spent more time curled than not. some that was planted may 1st still hasnt formed a canopy on 36 inch rows. No rain in the forecast again. Missed out on one tropical storm already and all of the afternoon showers pass north or south of us. The days of 100% chance of rain never come true, storms break up in the mountains. This is all coming off a spring with a late hard frost that really stunted 1st cutting of hay, it's yeild was probably off 20-25%. No rain for second cutting. No rain so far for 3rd cutting. This year is rough. I guess it's gonna be time to cull a lot of cows

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Canola and all crops are getting a break the past two days. High temp was in the 60s today and that is a huge change, (about 30 degrees) from a few days ago. No further rain since Sunday morning. It helped but we need more. I shot this video yesterday. Shows my canola is a little behind the neighbours in flowering. 

 

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2 hours ago, 885 said:

We have had less than 1 inch of rain in 8 weeks. The corn has spent more time curled than not. some that was planted may 1st still hasnt formed a canopy on 36 inch rows. No rain in the forecast again. Missed out on one tropical storm already and all of the afternoon showers pass north or south of us. The days of 100% chance of rain never come true, storms break up in the mountains. This is all coming off a spring with a late hard frost that really stunted 1st cutting of hay, it's yeild was probably off 20-25%. No rain for second cutting. No rain so far for 3rd cutting. This year is rough. I guess it's gonna be time to cull a lot of cows

Not a good situation that’s for sure.  It’s a similar story to what I’m hearing from a lot of southern Sk though unfortunately. Hopefully some rains will turn things around. Unfortunately for a lot even if it does rain now it’s to little to late.  What I’m a little afraid is goi g to happen is aug/sept will be awful wet again while we are trying to harvest.  A little rain is nice to keep the fire risk down but rain every day at harvest sure isn’t fun either. 

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5 minutes ago, Loadstar said:

Canola and all crops are getting a break the past two days. High temp was in the 60s today and that is a huge change, (about 30 degrees) from a few days ago. No further rain since Sunday morning. It helped but we need more. I shot this video yesterday. Shows my canola is a little behind the neighbours in flowering. 

 

Was going to fly the drone tonight again as the canola appears to be filling in quite a bit in the last couple days but ran out of time. Was out crop checking again and pulled up a few plants just to see what the moisture was like. Found moisture on the roots but also found some root maggots. Haven’t really noticed them in other years so hopefully it’s not enough to do serious damage. 
 

Hauled another load of dads canola in this morning and then started getting things pulled out of the shed again. Have the swather out now to service. Left the header in the shed yet though. 

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On 7/6/2021 at 10:47 PM, Loadstar said:

Canola and all crops are getting a break the past two days. High temp was in the 60s today and that is a huge change, (about 30 degrees) from a few days ago. No further rain since Sunday morning. It helped but we need more. I shot this video yesterday. Shows my canola is a little behind the neighbours in flowering. 

 

You didn't get any rain Monday? I was down in the southwest corner of MB the better part of a day and it rained from the #1 south to the US border then it rained in the evening from the #1 north for a bit. We never got a drop at home I guess but areas there got a good shot, some thunder and lighning too. I thought maybe you would've got something out of it

This temp is alot nicer to work in. Was +4c (40f) this morning. Big change in a few days. We got a bit of moisture yesterday, maybe a tenth, so the crops are a bit happier till it warms up again

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things are moving along here aswell had about a half inch all together in random showers, perked things up aswell but woulda liked more, peas and canola and hanging in nice but my cereals are short the heads are nice looking but short so farm comin out so hopefully it stretches' abit more 

 

the peas are poding out and canola is mostly in full bloom and branching out, was a cool couple days but looks like were heading back into the oven again for more warm weather but hoping to catch a thunderstorm or 2 in next couple days 

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13 hours ago, db1486 said:

You didn't get any rain Monday? I was down in the southwest corner of MB the better part of a day and it rained from the #1 south to the US border then it rained in the evening from the #1 north for a bit. We never got a drop at home I guess but areas there got a good shot, some thunder and lighning too. I thought maybe you would've got something out of it

This temp is alot nicer to work in. Was +4c (40f) this morning. Big change in a few days. We got a bit of moisture yesterday, maybe a tenth, so the crops are a bit happier till it warms up again

Not a drop here. Rains all seem to be southwest and heading southeast lately. Like this morning.  Getting well up in the 80s here today so I guess the cool break is over. 

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4 hours ago, Loadstar said:

Not a drop here. Rains all seem to be southwest and heading southeast lately. Like this morning.  Getting well up in the 80s here today so I guess the cool break is over. 

Well son of a gun. You must be in the same strip we are lol. I see most of our main pasture is brown today now. That's a month earlier than I ever seen. We need some rain soon

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Twice now there’s been storms brewing straight north of us around candle lake but when they hit the river they run out of steam. Nothing for rain here yet and not much for prospects in the future. I’m not calling it yet but it is getting a little bleaker each day.  Canola at home is starting to drop its pedals now. Still mostly yellow but you can see a green tinge now again. My rented land is in full bloom and looking pretty good yet so there’s still hope there. The east land may have caught the edge of a couple of light showers. Radar showed it on the edge but it may have evaporated before it hit the ground too. Just that light green radar color. 
 

Kind of looking around for a straight cut header for the 2188. With the shorter crop I’m a little concerned about swathing. The better deals seem to be on 36’ headers though and I’m not sure I want to hang that off the front of the 2188. 

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On 7/4/2021 at 11:36 PM, poor farmer/logger said:

So just a dumb question from someone who’s never been around field corn before new or old variety’s. Are the new variety’s growing taller now so the knee high by 4th of July is out or is it just the genetics and they’re developing quicker? 
 

Nice looking crops either way except for the onions, I hate onions lol ?

That ol saying goes way way back to the days of our grandfathers when corn was planted and harvested with Mules . In that era knee high by the Fourth of July was acceptable . 

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Here is picture of some of wheat around here. Normally this guy raises 70 plus bpa wheat. There are fields in a 30 mile radius that might do 30 but it is a rarity you here of foields being released for 1.5 bushel yield

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2 hours ago, dale560 said:

Here is picture of some of wheat around here. Normally this guy raises 70 plus bpa wheat. There are fields in a 30 mile radius that might do 30 but it is a rarity you here of foields being released for 1.5 bushel yield

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Looks similar to the outside round on ours that was worked last fall and this spring. Still hopping it turns out but it’s definitely looking bleaker. 

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2 hours ago, 806 man said:

Another beautiful day in the neighborhood.

winter wheat is 2-3 weeks out

Very nice pictures. Looks like a fair bit of snow up on the peaks yet.  I expected a little rose in the Saskatchewan river here with the warm weather from run off in the mountains but it doesn’t seem to be making it here. I don’t know if there just wasn’t that much snow in the Rockies or if it’s just evaporating that quick in the heat. This spring they actually had weight restrictions on our small ferry crossing as the river was so low. 

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I'm amazed how the crops are hanging on here in spite of no major rain and continuing high heat. We were well into the 90s this afternoon when I took this picture of my Brandon spring wheat. Usually the white dead spots start to show up on every high spot in these conditions but most here look good and green. . Its short though. A little over knee high..

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13 hours ago, poor farmer/logger said:

Very nice pictures. Looks like a fair bit of snow up on the peaks yet.  I expected a little rose in the Saskatchewan river here with the warm weather from run off in the mountains but it doesn’t seem to be making it here. I don’t know if there just wasn’t that much snow in the Rockies or if it’s just evaporating that quick in the heat. This spring they actually had weight restrictions on our small ferry crossing as the river was so low. 

2 weeks ago we had 85-100 degree weather which is very odd in this area, Glad it was short lived. The river jumped up to 45,000 CFS.  We lost a lot of snow pack in a short period.  Was hoping for water through mid to late August. Once river hits 10,000 cfs we get shut down unless have old permit which are rare.

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was out looking at my canola last night and it’s still blooming pretty good. Stuff at home is starting to get more green then yellow now. You can see where the wheat is burning up on that outside cut that was worked last fall and this spring again. Wasn’t a lot of snow there and it’s showing. Was up by my grandfathers mill site tonight again and hiked up the big hill beside the creek. Hard work climbing a almost vertical hill carrying a chainsaw lol. Not much for traction on that hill either. It’s hard ground underneath with a sandy gravel layer ontop. Not exactly ideal for climbing lol. 
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