June 30, 2019

June ended with some summertime heat that we have been waiting on all year. We are still in the “hit and miss” showers that have pledged us for sometime now, but we have finally had the opportunity to put up some dry hay. The quality has been terrible, but the quantity...

May 31, 2019

Another month down the tube and it seems like the same ole song and dance, more rain and mud. It was Memorial Day weekend before anyone in our neck of the woods had any chance at all to plant a seed of corn. Even that weekend was a short-lived window to get any work do...

March 31, 2019

March left us still on the wet side here in Southern Illinois. We only logged in around 5 inches of rain total, but it started wet and it seems like it almost starts to dry right before we get another shower. The temperatures are starting to moderate some, and that is...

March 1, 2019

The calving season has ended for Slykhuis Farms, and I will attest that this was one of the most challenging ones to date. There are things that we can prepare for as cattlemen, and there are situations that come about and we just have to make the best judgement of the...

February 1, 2019

January started out rather mild and wet and has ended with subzero temperatures. It has been a yoyo pretty much the entire month. We have had a couple of clippers of snow come through late in the month. They seem to always be trailing a big rain event. That is some of...

January 1, 2019

 We ended the year on the wet side here in Southern Illinois. We dialed in 6.5 inches of rain for the month. It doesn’t take much precipitation this time of year to make the feeding areas a mess to deal with. The herd is spending more time eating the TMR ration, and le...

November 30, 2018

The season is considered late fall, but it seems more like mid winter here at Slykhuis Farms. November has brought a yo-yo of weather conditions, with much of it on the cold side. The early snow we had about mid month was a surprise to us all, including the brood cows....

November 1, 2018

 The fall colors in the trees are really starting to show up here in Southern Illinois. The days are getting shorter and the cooler air has triggered the season to get in full swing. We have had enough rainfall to help extend the growing season, and our pastures are re...

September 30, 2018

We made it to October and the pastures have regained some life. Our farm ended September with 7.3 inches of rain. This was heaven sent, and it brought a big boost to our summer grass. The cover crops are starting to flourish also. I had been moving the brood cows aroun...

August 31, 2018

The summer is ending and fall harvest is soon upon us. We are still on the dry side, with only 2.9 inches of rain in August. That might be more normal than we think, but it seems like any amount we get disappears as fast as it comes. The heat and dry soils have helped...

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