Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Another Good Rain

We received another 1.40" of rain early this morning. Reports in my coffee group ranged from 1.20-1-50" and the range is attributed to a variety of factors, including the amount it actually rained. I have even been accused of reading the top of the meniscus. In our small town readings have even been bolstered by an early rising neighbor. Regardless of the detailed measurements, it was a great rain. We have run our lawn sprinklers 3 times this summer and I wouldn't have run it Monday had I suspected this rain was on the way. With the exception of a few hot, dry days in mid-July, this has been a great crop year. Some of the corn may have been hurt a bit since the heat came during the pollination stage but it probably affected very little in this area. The soybeans should produce excellent yields. I heard that a prominent politician commented that the earthquake and hurricane in the Washington, D.C. area was Devine payback for what had come out of the federal government. I wonder if she would also suggest that we in Seward County, Nebraska are really worthy of the blessings we received during this crop year. But enough of politics and religion. Land prices continue to boom in Nebraska with the commodity prices anticipated and the favorable yields here in comparison to many parts of the country. I read in the Nebraska Farmer Magazine last night that a 793 Acre farm in Knox County (NE Nebraska near Yankton, SD) sold recently for $7,125/Ac. That figures out to some $5,650,125.00. I don't know the details on the land but hope the new owner doesn't plan to pay for it raising corn and soybeans, even if we do have exceptionally good weather for the next 75 years.

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