May 2018 Agri-News Article

Summer is in full swing in the southern part of the state. It has been hot all month with pop up showers every other day. We had figured that our spring season was going to be short. The windows of dry time have also been short, but for the most part everyone has about all the corn and beans planted. The crops around our farm look well. We were fortunate to miss some of the extreme rainfall. Our pastures are more than flourishing. The second cutting of fescue hay was about as good as it had ever been. The warm air really helped boost the tonnage and make up for a short harvest last month. So far this is shaping up to be a good hay season.

The cow herd is sure thriving in the fast-growing conditions. We have been weaning calves the past couple of weeks. The cows are going to summer pastures in great condition. The fresh weaned calves have endured some heat stress during the first few days of separation. So far, we have made it through without issues. We are holding off on weaning the younger calves until late June.

Todd Slykhuis

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