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Project Appleseed Illinois event at Sparta, IL on 19 April 2014.  At 3 PM there was a volley by all shooters to honor those American Patriots who died on April 19, 1775, the day the American Revolution began.  Find out more about Project Appleseed by clicking this link.

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Spring break for the kids so its time to help dad get ready to farm!  Morgan is busy cleaning up tractors and Matthew is busy welding up all the stuff I broke during the winter!  Great family times!

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Had a great time in Texas not long ago hunting at Northern Sky Ranch near the town of Jacksboro.  Had great fun with my son!

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Out the back door picture at 12 noon today.  10 inches of snow and still falling.  So much for any more work this December.  Grain hauling and paperwork will fill out the rest of the year.

 

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Well a first for us is that we are cutting soybeans before we shell any corn.  Corn was still running in the high 20′s for moisture but the beans were dry.  So we went to the bean field.

I shot about 2 hours of video with the GoPro on a small tripod in the cab before I decided it was not the thing to use.  It kept falling over with every bump I hit.  I moved on to a Ram Mount ball where I could tie it down good and tight.  Anyway I managed to get three plus minutes of video to show how things were going on Saturday to make this video.

I will shoot some more and make another bean video and most likely a few corn videos as I work on perfecting my technique.

BTW the beans were good, averaging almost 50 bu/ac across 70 acres.  The more dust that rolled out of the combine the higher the yield was…..  seeing upwards of 70 in the real dusty places.  No dust, no beans or low bean yields in the 30′s.

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My nephew Cormac Glascock visited earlier this month all the way from Arizona.  He enjoyed showing off one of the ears of corn that we will harvest this year.  It is sure a lot different than last year.  About 200 bu/ac different than last year.

This was this time last year…….

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Got a GoPro and am trying to learn how to use it and how to edit the video.  This is my first attempt………….

Took this off the man lift of the corn field behind the house, it sure looks a lot different this year.

I am still alive and kicking, still farming and still consulting.  Heck even still shooting and enjoying the outdoors despite the terrorist attempts that our government has made to destroy our constitutional rights.

That being said, I have just been real lazy about the website for quite a while.  Two reasons I guess.  First is that I don’t have a smart phone any more.  So mobile updates and picture adds are non existent.

Second, I just needed a break with everything else going on.

So I hope to be back active posting on this page by the middle to the end of July.

Stay tuned!

Had a great time last week at Red Brush Range east of Evansville IN, shooting with the Project Appleseed folks at a KD.  KD stands for Known Distance, where we shoot at 100, 200, 300 and 400 yards using the old army qualification test of standing, standing to sitting, standing to prone, and prone.  You fire 10 rounds at each target and have 2 minutes, 55 seconds, 65 seconds and 5 minutes respectively to get your rounds on the target.

Here I am in prone taking my sighters at 200 yards.  This photo was taken off a video camera that had a program to age it so that is why it looks the way it does.

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Those Army silhouette D targets look small at 200 yards and even smaller at 400!

We also got to take sighters at 500 yards but with the wind that picked up just before that course of fire I am not sure I learned much other than my come ups from 400 to 500 yards.  I was shooting 69 gr Sierra BTHP bullets in a 1 in 9 twist barrel.  My final score for the shoot was a respectable 28/40.  Not at all bad for my very first KD.  32/40 is a Rifleman’s score.

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Here is my scoring target from 400 yards. The guys in the pit take down your target and then mark or score your shooting on a green coat target like this one.  Here I got a score of 5/10.  I had one flyer and had four shots low in the 3, that doesn’t count at a KD.

I am really looking forward to the next KD.  If you love shooting and would love to learn how shoot better and learn some history of the American Rifleman, then Project Appleseed is for you!  For you southern Illinois folks, we have a shoot coming up in April at Marion  You can look here to see about signing up!

Last week  I mapped and soil sampled a farm that had been in CRP for many, many years. I think it has been in two sign ups, so about 20 years.  There was also a 20 acre bean field across the road that was sampled as part of that farm.  I pulled out three samples and took pictures of them to show the difference in an eroded clay knob in the CRP, slopping hill side in the CRP and semi flat area of the soybean field.

Below are the three pictures. The quiz is this…….  Can you see the difference in drainage in the three pictures?  Can you see the difference in OM in the three pictures?  Can you see why this farm was in CRP and the other one was still farmed?

First the eroded clay knob in the CRP.

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Next the slopping hill side in the CRP.

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Last the Soybean field across the road.

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We are out of the woods so to speak here in Southern Illinois……but our friends to the west and north, not so much.

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A long and busy schedule of meetings in January is now over, thank goodness. I am worn out. I think I was on the road for meetings over half the month of January and into the first of February.

There were several good things I picked up that need attention in the near future. There is a lot of info that everyone might be interested in and I don’t want to forget something, but I will.

Bryan Young and Larry Steckel have put on some great presentations on Palmer Amaranth  ( short article intro to Palmer ) if you are not up to speed on this weed you had better get ready…….. the chemical management of this weed species is very important. If you get a chance to see one of these speakers, go to the meeting and learn about Palmer before you get it. There is also a good mode of action chart for management of resistant weeds that Bryan has been handing out: click here to access it.

Soybean size is going to be very large this year. You need to be aware of what seed size your getting and get the appropriate plate size to insure proper planting populations. This is industry wide and some are reporting shortages of plates in some areas……..you may have to do some calling to find them.

I have been in contact with some of you who have expressed interest in refining your management zones for either soil sampling or variable rate applications. I have been talking to, and have an initial agreement with, another consulting company to have access to a Veris tool (http://www.veristech.com/index.aspx) .  Veris tools are used for making more accurate soil maps, mapping OM or pH for VRT or soil sampling.  I am encouraging anyone interested in VR seeding to do some Veris EC maps to help guide this process.  Our soil maps in So IL are not the greatest, and in some cases have not been updated in 40+ years. We can also do elevation mapping at the same time. If you are interested in this, please contact me so that I can put together as many acres as possible to get the best utilization of the tool.

Well here it is the first of February and the weather in January has been all over the board.  We have now had three snow events but between the snows the temperatures have been almost to the upper 60′s in one case.  So you leave the house with you winter and spring clothes depending upon how long you will be gone.

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I took this picture on Sunday after a 40% chance of snow on Saturday night turned into a 2-3 inch snow event.  It was down right cold with temps in the upper teens this after a Tuesday of short sleeve weather, high winds, down pours of rain and tornado watches and warnings.

This coming week we start off today with snow or rain shower, warm up to rain and possible severe weather on Thursday again followed by thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday again with temps approaching 60 by the weekend.

Is it no wonder everyone is sick………….

Work is coming along nicely on the new office.  It will be even better when we get lights in the shop!

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