Monday, March 28, 2011

No wheat harvest this year


No rain since August. Warm dry, then frigid dry, then more warm dry does this to wheat:
The crop insurance company has already appraised and condemned the wheat. I have already plowed up about 300 acres. This is about the worst I have ever seen wheat look in March. Usually you can maintain some growth up through heading, but this just flat died.We have one patch of wheat that is still green, so I am going to lease it to my neighbor and finish grazing it off. Maybe salvage what we can.

On a lighter note, we had a good time in Dallas two weeks ago. Yikes, I have been goofing around not posting about it. Amanda really enjoyed the Quilt show, and we all really really enjoyed spending time with Aunt Rachel and Holly, Maddy, and Tam. These are a few of the better pictures I have.




Estelle said she got a weird email from my blogger account? Anybody else getting weird emails from me?

8 comments:

  1. Sorry I missed you guys a couple weeks ago! I would have loved hanging out with you all....Holly said Maddy loved hanging with the kids!!

    Sorry to hear about your wheat, especially when prices are so insane...I guess the insurance will hopefully be higher than normal.

    Aaron

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  2. By the way, I really enjoyed the posts on farming and ranching in the panhandle area.

    Have you already sold your cattle? If not, when will you go about doing that? Did you lose any this year or anything?

    Aaron

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  3. This looks horrible. I sure hope this is not setting some sort of trend. The drought conditions seem to be over the entire SW. Glad there is such a thing as crop insurance. Sure wish you could have joined our b.d. celebration. That would have been even better!

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  4. Aaron, we shipped our cattle about the 1st of Feb. That was when they were contracted for delivery. Did ok on them moneywise. Would have done better, but they didn't gain that well the last month or so because it was dry and the wheat got too short. They were walking off their gain looking for wheat. I am so glad we did have cattle on wheat, because it was a no lose situation since the wheat wasn't going to make anyway. Just extra dough in the pocket. We did not have any cattle die which was a big help. Most folks figure 2-3% death loss on average. Seems like my guy that leased the wheat in NM had a couple die. (Big fluctuations in temp and weather tend to cause health problems.)

    On our crop insurance policy we are guaranteed 55% of our average yield at $7.14 a bu. IF the harvest price is higher in June, they will pay the difference. But no less than the $7.14 minimum. Have to pay extra premium for that harvest option, but well worth it as volatile as the markets are. Similar to buying puts, but much, much cheaper.

    IF we get decent rains eventually I may try to plant some late milo after the failed wheat. But any summer crop after failed wheat is not insurable. Otherwise keep the weeds off and go back with wheat next fall.

    Shoulda done whole nother blog....

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  5. Ha, that is funny on the blog comment. Yeah, the cows certainly was a winner this year. Nice to have them considering it turned out so dry. Also glad to hear nothing died!!

    I can understand why you certainly would want to see some rain before planting milo if you can't insure it. It might be worth the risk if there was enough moister, otherwise you just wait.

    We are about to head to York, NE for the weekend.

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  6. Well, this sure is a disappointing year for farming, other than the decent success with the cattle. Maybe the April showers will kick in soon! Aaron was asking me last week how your wheat was and like a dummy I didn't know. But now we do! How is Daddy's wheat? Same?

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  7. Or did he even end up sowing any wheat? Can't remember...

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  8. Daddy has about 50 acres. It is better than mine, but not much. 85 degrees forecast Sunday with strong winds won't be any help.

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