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Despite the drought we are having up here our corn is doing great. Last fall I plowed down a 5 year old hay field to plant some Wapsie Valley corn. This is the second year growing this variety and I am very pleased. I have already started feeding some stalks since the grass isn't growing much with no rain and the yield of the corn is much greater than I expected. I will have plenty to spare.
See the image of me cultivating on July 2nd and me heading out to clip pasture on July 31st.
Just wanted to share.

Klaus Karbaumer says 2016-08-01 08:32:06 (CST)

Great looking Haflingers and corn as well, Billy.
I like it that you can cultivate with a single horse just on the lines.

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Ralph in N.E.Oh says 2016-08-01 21:25:53 (CST)

Nice Bill, way to go! Good looking corn too.

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JerryHicks says 2016-08-02 07:25:12 (CST)

That's a good looking crop Billy! I'm hoping mine does as well. The weather hasn't been too kind to it here.

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Billy Foster says 2016-08-03 05:45:57 (CST)

Thanks for the good words guys. If you go across town you will see a friends farm that is in continuous corn, his does not look as good. Goes to show you how much insurance against poor weather high organic matter provides. Our ground is hilly and rocky, not good corn growing land. This is one of the few flat areas we own. I really enjoy growing corn but our place is better suited to pasture and hay ground. I guess I will just have to be satisfied with the occasional acre or so when renovating a hay field.
Nothing to do until September but cut a little for the horses and watch it grow.

Klaus: This is the first year I have used Larry to cultivate. He is doing well, he lacks some confidence but has caught on to what I am asking pretty quickly. I think cultivating corn gives both the teamster and horse time to relax and get into a routine. The rows are long so you both can really get into that place where you both know your job and truly start working as a team.


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