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Watching for Weeds – Farmers always have something to do June 20, 2011

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Keeping an Eye Out for Weeds

Now that the soybean seeds are in the ground, you may think that farmers have nothing to do. Not true! We are keeping a close eye on our field for weeds and to make sure the seed get through the soil.

Soybeans Starting to Emerge June 12, 2011

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Our soybeans were planted five days ago and are just starting to pop through the soil.  We have great moisture content in the soil right now so there is no problem with the beans getting stuck under a hard soil crust.  

pushing through the soil

As you will see, the beans are in the emergence stage (VE); not quite to the cotyledon stage (VC).  The link below will provide more technical information.  http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/cropsystems/components/5701a.html

Planting Day – See the Soybeans Go in the Soil June 8, 2011

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After a spring of extremely wet weather, planting day has finally arrived.  The soil has been prepared and our local farmer, Nathan Smith, is planting soybeans.  Take a look…

  • A High Tech Ride Inside the Tractor Cab — Ride along inside the tractor cab.  See what it looks like outside the front window. Get a bird’s eye view of the soybean air seeder.  And hear Nathan explain the technology which helps him be more efficient.
  • Watch the Tractor and Planter Work Across the Field
  • Ran Out of Seed — A reality for every farmer.  The air seeder is runs out of soybeans and it is time to refill.
  • Getting More Soybean Seed — Take a look at the hopper used to transport the seed from Morral Companies back to the field.  Again, an efficient way for farmers to quickly transport seed and get back to planting crops.
  • Filling the Planter — Back in the field, our local farmer will fill the planter so that he can get started planting again.
  • Back to Planting — We are putting soybean seeds in the prepared ground.  The prepared soil bed looks great.  There is good moisture in the ground.  With a little patience, our soybeans should be sprouting in 5-7 days.

Tillage Day – Preparing the Ground for Planting June 8, 2011

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It was a busy day at the Follow Farming field.  Local farmer, Mike Smith, tilled the ground preparing it for soybean planting.  Watch the videos below for:

  • An introduction about Field Tillage — What the farmer does and why they work the ground up.
  • Watch the tractor at work — See how the tractor moves, turns, and makes a little dust.
  • Notice the difference between Non-tilled vs. Tilled ground — Look up close how the dirt and weeds are different. 
  • Check out the tractor — Hear a quick explanation of the tractor, cultivator, and clumbler.