5.13.10 – Pictures

These are a few pictures taken on 5.5.10.  The corn being sidedressed was planted on 4.12.10, and is currently around 8″ tall.  The anhydrous applicator covers 16 rows at a time, and can be pulled around 6.5 mph.  We removed the dual tires on the tractor to minimize damage to the corn while maneuvering in the field.  Since Monday, we have received around 1.5-2″ of rain, so our sidedressing operation is temporarily shut down until field conditions can dry.  If the soil is too wet, the applicator knives will just cut groves into the soil and not seal the trench, which allows the anhydrous to escape.  At 1/3 complete, we are pleased with the progress made in applying NH3.