It's my dad's birthday today. Happy 71st Birthday Dad! The only thing my dad ever wants for his birthday is to be able to plant corn. Unfortunately, this will be one of those rare birthdays where he will not be planting. Two weeks ago the soil temps were running right around 47F - 48F. Then after one or two snow/slush storms the soil temps fell to 37F. Today, the 4 inch soil temp is 42F. To top it all off it rained and sleeted all day yesterday so it will be a while before corn planting gets started in Northeast Iowa.
|Soil thermometer at the 4 inch depth.|
|Since he can't plant today, Dad is driving around the yard rechecking and double rechecking monitors |
and electronics to make sure all is ready for when the weather does break.
Seed customers have been calling and stopping in today to pick up seed and discuss the late start to planting. Everyone is trying to remain calm but I can tell everyone is nervous. Let's hope the weather straightens out soon.
|Joe loading a customer's seed. |
He likes to load seed once in awhile so
his forklift skills don't get rusty. :-)
|Our employee "D" helping me in the warehouse since he can't be in the field.|