Archive for August, 2010
Weather has been perfect for planting alfalfa in South Central Kansas. We had a little over 2 inches of rain on the Ponderosa last week, so we have plenty of moisture. On this ground, we applied lime last fall, had wheat over the winter, and just disked the land to leave trash on the top to prevent blowing. We applied liquid nitrogen and phosphate and we planted 40 acres of Cosmo from Kauffman seed, Haven Kansas.
August has been a busy time on the Ponderosa, between the few rains, we have had heat and more heat. We have however, got the fields worked and the prairie hay and alfalfa put up! The hay crew had a laugh as we started putting up about 500 small square bales of alfalfa, the baler bale size slipped and I made about 15 two foot bales, I like them small, but not that small. I’m getting too old to be lifting 100 pound bales and besides, I have an excuse to make them small, Becky my wife and Tess my daughter both use them for the livestock shows and treats for the show cows, however, these were just a tad bit too small. Pastures are starting to dry up with 100 degree days and we need a little rain to settle the fields. Still have plenty of time so not desperate yet.