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Growing season – 2009 update

July 3, 2009
From Wayne Schoper, Brown/Nicollet Extension Educator

We received some much needed rain during the month of June. Right around June 1, we were very dry and the newly emerged corn and soybean plants really needed a drink of water. In fact, many soybeans were lying in dry dirt while some seeds had a little moisture which led to very uneven emergence. One bright spot was that the first crop of alfalfa hay was put up in excellent shape with little or no rain. This means better quality forages to be fed to our dairy herds next winter. The downside was that the first crop of hay was a little short. Usually the first cutting makes up to 40-50 percent of the yearly yield. If we continue to get timely rains we can make up the difference.



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