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Well I guess it’s that time of the year again lol.  Got started seeding at about 6:30 this evening. Did a little bit of harrowing yesterday and some cultivating a few days ago but nothing else to exciting. Got 52 acres seeded and decided to call it a night. Hadn’t had dinner or supper so far today yet so figured it was time to come home and eat lol. Was busy running around all day. 

Seeding conditions are very good.  Just scratch the surface and the moisture is right there but not so wet that you’re pushing mud either. Few little pot holes to go around but nothing out of the ordinary. 
 

Not sure if it will shown up on the pics on here but in that last picture there’s 3 bear Cubs on our north quarter. I believe they’re just a year old as they were hanging around just south of our north quarter last summer. 
 

Hope everyone else is off to a good start or getting very close. 

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7 minutes ago, Cool1566 said:

Man what a view! That’s what I call miles and miles of miles and miles!

Definitely my preference over skyscrapers and congested streets that’s for sure.  It’s nice to be able to go outside and see the sky lol. Something a lot of us farm kids take for granted to be honest. 

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Finished up the cereals today and quit early for the day. After the last couple of crazy weeks it was nice to be back in the house in time to make supper. Made spaghetti so I’d have leftovers for tomorrow lol. Have to run for more fertilizer in the morning and then get started on the canola in the afternoon hopefully.  Been going good so far. Not quite half done yet though.  Shooting for to be down me by next weekend. Hopefully all goes to plan.(usually doesn’t lol)

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2 hours ago, Farmall1066 said:

It’s crazy to hear up in Canada, half done, but in east central MN we are just getting a good start! I thought you Canadians were further north than me? 🤣

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Just some Canadians 😂. Poor farmer is a long ways west and north of me and our area is always later. Of course I like to joke that right where I am is the arctic of Manitoba lol. Some guys have been going on wheat here for a week now in spots but sounds like most everyone else is gonna get rolling start of the week. We did some field work over a week ago but gonna start seeding today if it's dry enough. Been getting some rain showers off and on here the past week and things are greening up. Frost and snowbanks should be gone now lol

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I’ve always joked that I’m not at the end of the road in Saskatchewan but I can see it from the front door lol Not a whole lot more farmland between us and the northern provincial forest. . It’s been a dry spring so we’re ahead of normal a little bit. Last year we didn’t start till the 21st if I remember right.  Haven’t done any spraying yet this spring. So far on the wheat and barley there’s been nothing to spray. Have 100 acres that is about to be seeded I may go back over with the sprayer in a few days with the sprayer. Trees haven’t even full leafed out yet. Most guys are just getting going now around here. We’re a little ahead of the curve. Trying to get everything in before it runs out of moisture.  We’re not exactly in a drought yet but the threat is definitely real. Especially if the trend from last winter continues. We haven’t had real moisture since November. One small snow storm end of Dec I guess but that was kind of it.  Little bit of snow and rain the end of April but it wasn’t more then 1/4”. 

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Well today didn’t end like it was supposed to. Dad had harrowed through this one low spot and left a small rut so figured with as dry as it’s been I’d have no issue seeding through it. Brain said to go around but my gut said ahh you’ll make it lol.  Had to bring the John Deere up to pull it out. Came out alright but somehow the return line for the fan on the air cart got tangled up in the chain. Still no idea how. It had come unhooked once and the only thing I could see is it sprung back a little the one time and got tangled somehow. We’ll never know. Have to go to town tomorrow for a hose so I’m behind a bit where I wanted to be today unfortunately.  Nothing was actually sunk down that bad but when the tractor spins the front castor wheels on the drill start to bulldoze. It’s like pulling a big pull dozer then. 

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16 hours ago, poor farmer/logger said:

Well today didn’t end like it was supposed to. Dad had harrowed through this one low spot and left a small rut so figured with as dry as it’s been I’d have no issue seeding through it. Brain said to go around but my gut said ahh you’ll make it lol.  Had to bring the John Deere up to pull it out. Came out alright but somehow the return line for the fan on the air cart got tangled up in the chain. Still no idea how. It had come unhooked once and the only thing I could see is it sprung back a little the one time and got tangled somehow. We’ll never know. Have to go to town tomorrow for a hose so I’m behind a bit where I wanted to be today unfortunately.  Nothing was actually sunk down that bad but when the tractor spins the front castor wheels on the drill start to bulldoze. It’s like pulling a big pull dozer then. 

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In my area I’m going through most low spots pretty easily, which is shocking for how much snow and rain we’ve had this spring.  But we are now starting to miss all the rain they’ve been predicting, so that’s kind of scary! 

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On 5/14/2023 at 3:16 PM, Farmall1066 said:

In my area I’m going through most low spots pretty easily, which is shocking for how much snow and rain we’ve had this spring.  But we are now starting to miss all the rain they’ve been predicting, so that’s kind of scary! 

Same thing here. Been calling for some big rains here the past couple weeks but weve just been getting showers from them. So far we've worked through spots that we couldn't go on till July last year. Lots of ground moisture here though at least to get things growing. I'd say this spring is looking pretty much like a normal spring around here. 2 years ago was very dry and early and last year was very wet and late, so I guess it's nice for a change lol

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On 5/15/2023 at 5:46 PM, lorenzo said:

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Looking forward to see the fortified fence to guard the sweet corn 

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On 5/9/2023 at 11:14 PM, poor farmer/logger said:

Well I guess it’s that time of the year again lol.  Got started seeding at about 6:30 this evening. Did a little bit of harrowing yesterday and some cultivating a few days ago but nothing else to exciting. Got 52 acres seeded and decided to call it a night. Hadn’t had dinner or supper so far today yet so figured it was time to come home and eat lol. Was busy running around all day. 

Seeding conditions are very good.  Just scratch the surface and the moisture is right there but not so wet that you’re pushing mud either. Few little pot holes to go around but nothing out of the ordinary. 
 

Not sure if it will shown up on the pics on here but in that last picture there’s 3 bear Cubs on our north quarter. I believe they’re just a year old as they were hanging around just south of our north quarter last summer. 
 

Hope everyone else is off to a good start or getting very close. 

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I'm going to ask a dumb question but remember I'm just an IA corn and soybean guy.  I see that you are putting on NH3, I assume you are seeding wheat there since it needs nitrogen similar to corn?  I'm also guessing canola wouldnt need as much N?

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Things moving along fairly smoothly so far here. Was really wet on headlands and around the low spots when we started, but has dried up a lot in the last week. Might be done at the in-laws by the end of the long weekend if everything goes well 

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On 5/15/2023 at 4:55 PM, db1486 said:

Same thing here. Been calling for some big rains here the past couple weeks but weve just been getting showers from them. So far we've worked through spots that we couldn't go on till July last year. Lots of ground moisture here though at least to get things growing. I'd say this spring is looking pretty much like a normal spring around here. 2 years ago was very dry and early and last year was very wet and late, so I guess it's nice for a change lol

We just keep missing the rain lately, now we are down for a 1/2 inch tomorrow and more on Monday, I guess we’ll see what happens.  Today I went through a spot on one field I rent, that I haven’t farmed since I rented it 4 years ago, it’s normally standing water, today it was dry enough to pull the cultivator through and didn’t spin a tire! 

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13 hours ago, IH Forever said:

I'm going to ask a dumb question but remember I'm just an IA corn and soybean guy.  I see that you are putting on NH3, I assume you are seeding wheat there since it needs nitrogen similar to corn?  I'm also guessing canola wouldnt need as much N?

Canola takes quite a bit of n to grow a big crop as well. Nothing like corn but still not uncommon to put down 100+ lbs-ac of actual N.  I’m putting down around 80 lbs of actual N and then a phosphate sulpher blend that brings me up closer to 90-95 of actual N. Wheat and barley I typically don’t put on quite as much. Usually around 60-70 lbs of actual N from the NH3 and another 65-70 lbs of 11-52(phosphate) I’m sure there are guys putting down a lot more then us too but it comes down to a cost vs return. I don’t think it’s worth chasing the exceptionally high yields with prices what they currently are. Now when wheat was 15-16$ a bu and canola 20-25 it was certainly better odds. Wheat is currently around 10-10.50 a bu and canola is around 16.00. They’ve both been bouncing around like crazy lately. 

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