My third week has kept me plenty busy with everything going on around here! I was able to help plant our first Corn test plot of the year. We planted 10 different Mycogen varieties out behind HSC with the help of Tom Benortham!
This is my second week at HSC and I'm beginning to get into a flow of how things work around here! It was a pretty emotional week for everyone with the continuation of rain, flooding of rivers, and the huge tornado that tore through Lawrence and KC area. There were some high points to the week however! We did get a couple of days without rain, some were able to start getting seed planted, get areas sprayed, and I even got into the garden to get things cleaned up!
My first week at HSC has been anything but dry. I'm learning that even though every farmer seems to need a rain, sometimes we need it to stop too. All this rain has made getting into the garden to work a little more difficult, and a lot more muddy. However, that's also given me more time to work on some of the lessons for the next few weeks and get things set up! I'm excited to see all the kids Wednesday at 9 and begin camp!
These past two weeks I have been traveling to a couple different states. The first state I traveled to was Nebraska. I was in York, Nebraska completing the wrap up session of my internship with Winfield United. The first day we traveled to Waco, Nebraska to a Winfield United Answer Plot. They had all kinds of different trials including population stands, planting depths, nutrient packages and the new hot topic of the dicamba tolerant soybeans. The second day of the session we traveled to Waco, Nebraska once again and we had the opportunity to travel the Dekalb Seed Corn facility. It was a very large facility where we were required to wear a hard hat and goggles at all times. It was a very impressive process to watch throughout every part of the factory.
The week after the trip to Nebraska I had the opportunity to compete on Kansas State University's Weed Science Competition Team. The contest was held in Ames, Iowa at Iowa State University's agronomy learning farm. There were five different parts in the contest. A written sprayer calibration worksheet, weed identification, herbicide symptomology, team sprayer calibration portion and a real life scenario farmer problem. The contest was very fun and a great learning experience. I hope that I can compete again next year.
This past week was another eventful one. The HSC Range and Pasture Project is going well with another pasture that was treated with GrazonNext HL for the project. The pasture is in excellent condition to start with but needed to be treated due to a minor problem with iron weeds and to many native prairie plants. We left an untreated strip so that it will be clear to see the difference that using a product like GrazonNext HL is and how beneficial it will be in the long run for weed control. I have also been helping Kyle unload brome seed this week. I have one of the test plots signed and it's looking good with a great stand of soybeans.This past week I also turned the manure pile down by the garden so that it can dry out a little better. In the near future I will also be making another trip to York, Nebraska to visit with Winfield United again.
This past week was a short one due to the 4th of July holiday. However, I was working on my Range and Pasture Project taking different photos of pasture ground we are doing treatments on. I am doing a trial with a product called Pasture Gard HL. We sprayed most of the field and left an untreated strip so that we can take side by side photos of how the product works. At the very end of this week I finished up helping Kyle most of the day in the yard along with scouting fields. I learned this week that it is important to learn how all the different parts of a business work and how that is vital to its success. Every side of the business is very important in its own way and without one branch the whole business would not run properly. This last week was also the last day of Garden Camp.The kids learned about the different types of soil and how to do a soil test. Then we finished the day at the park. I hope the kids learned a lot of new things and had a good time.
As always it is very busy here at Harveyville Seed Company. This past week Debbie Morton the Range and Pasture Specialist came to town to look at a few different pastures around the area. We went to a growers ranch and he had been treating multiple different cedar trees in his pastures with multiple different types of treatments. He had been treating some of the cedar trees with Tordon soil applied. He was also treating some cedar trees with a basal treatment of Tordon. It was very interesting to see what different types of treatments killed the cedar trees better. This taught me that experimentation is always a good thing. It is good to figure out what strategy is going to work best in whatever situation you are in. The grower had a large amount of dead cedar trees and it was interesting to see that with accurate soil applied treatments of Tordon you could kill the cedar trees but keep from killing the trees that he wanted. In my opinion I think he had a very good kill on all of the cedar trees he had treated but I do believe the soil applied treatment killed the cedar trees faster than the basal treatments.
Garden Camp went well this week, the kids did lots of different activities. They learned all about how the process of how pollination works. They also learned all about how herbicides worked and what the meaning of round up ready was. The kids picked around eight freezer bags full of beans along with eight or nine yellow squash. I hope the kids have been learning a lot and the last day of garden camp is next Wednesday July 5th.
Another busy week has gone by. I did many different things this past week and learned a lot of new things. I was able to go and talk to different growers about some of the pastures they own. I have been looking at a number of different pastures lately after talking to the grower to see what the problem weed species are in that pasture. There was also another successful week of garden camp along with mowing around some of the different test plots. I learned that there always seems to be a more efficient way to communicate with someone. I was having trouble getting ahold of people this last week with just an email. I learned that it is much easier to pick up the phone and give someone a call rather than try to email back and forth. The garden is doing very well with a good amount of lettuce, potatoes, beets, and beans so far. The grass weeds are being hard to control in the garden. The weeds were sprayed but hopefully I can get a grasp on killing them.
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