70 degrees! Spent the weekend doing yardwork with the family. Trees are budding all over the place. It seems like forever since we last had that kind of heat. Weatherman is calling for 70's from Wed. this week clear through Sat. That's great news this time of year. Soil temps around here are still only around 35 degrees at a 4" soil depth. Water doesn't move through cold soils nearly as quickly as it does once the soils warm up a bit. The surface has dried nicely. Now all we need are a few sunny, warm days (preferably with some wind) and we will be ready to head to the field to begin applying our Anhydrous Ammonia (Nitrogen).
With a little luck we will get several good days of field work in before Easter. When things go reasonably well, we can get around 500 acres/day of anhydrous applied. That's important for our farm because we made a conscious decision around 10 years ago to put all our anhydrous on in the spring in order to limit environmental loss. That decision creates a bit of a crapshoot every year weather-wise and that's why we get so excited to see early season warm temps. Wish us luck!
And enjoy the weather!