Hard to think you guys down south are having those issues. With the warmer weather one would think that would cause some higher ground temps. Yet if it is too wet in the field nothing can help.
Do you guys have a bigger window in the fall with a late planted crop?
We have been very lucky up here in the Badger State when it comes to weather. Dry Spring and the farm I work with has all there corn (2000 ac), New seeding (1900 ac) and first crop hay off. We started our first corn planting on May 5th which is Very early for us up here. I did put in some long hours to help make this happen, but the weather was on our side.
Up here the 28th of the month is the magic date to cut alfalfa. We cut 8 days early and got all 2000 ac. off without rain. Pulled out of the field Tuesday afternoon the 24th.
This farm feeds high corn silage (75%) to hay (25%) ratio and is going for Quality/Protein. That is way we cut a few days early. With the low milk prices it seems to make sense to lower there cost of outside protein sources.
Several other farms in the area did the same and have very nice feed in there bunkers. Interestingly enough one of the largest farms in our area started cutting May 26th and it has not stopped raining since. They milk 6500 head and it looks like they have close to 900 ac. on the ground. It is going to be very interesting to see how they handle this. The hay on the ground right now will make heifer and dry cow feed but they will have to make up for that lose.
I put some sweet corn in the 7th of May and we had some very cold ground temps but had to try for that early corn. Today it is out of the ground and in the V2 stage of growth. It is a new variety that I tried this year that advertised good cool soil tolerance.
It has large seed size and that made me feel good about it laying there in the cool ground. I will be buying more of this seed for next year. With the larger seed size this stuff should be what I need to get that early corn out of the ground.