Friday, July 27, 2012

Green Snap

UPDATE TO THE STORY BELOW: My Brother Ed is a spray pilot and took the above photo from his Ag-Cat turbine. That's our house in the background. Some backwaters of the Missouri River to the rear. If you enlarge the photo you can see some of the sand deposits left by the river from last years flood. The light colored area is where the green snap occurred.
Just when you think there can't be anything worse than watching your crops do a slow simmer into oblivion in 100 degree plus weather... a rogue wind storm causes this. The problems here are many. These corn plants did have close to fully developed  ears that would have matured and produced a crop. A short crop because of the drought, but at least a crop. It's unlikely we'll be able to get this through a combine so we'll have a volunteer corn problem next year in the soybeans that will be planted here.
Green snap (corn snapping off near the ground) can be found mostly in corn that has reached it's maximum height and is a result of thunderstorms. This affects only about 15 acres of my crop but I've seen entire hillsides leveled by this type of down burst in other areas.
Our local area has a lot of green snap but it's all across the Missouri River from me, and on east, where they received some good rains. I got the wind but not much of the rain.


Granny Annie said...

I am ashamed for complaining. At least we do not have a livelihood depending on the weather. We were supposed to get some rain yesterday but we did not. However the temperatures dropped a bit.

EV said...

Wow, Cliff, I'm really sorry. I've seen some sobering stories about how the heat and drought are ruining dairy farms. A part of those issues were feed related. Sad circumstances.


This is such a shame. You must be so upset. Unfortunately, you just can't control Mother nature. I know it doesn't help. But I hope next year is better for you. take care.

Ralph said...

It's been a couple of hard years there Cliff. Sorry.

Lee said...

It's heartbreaking...and saying that seems so trite.

I hope things get better soon for you, Cliff...they will- even if that's little consolation at the moment.

Hang in there, my friend.

Rachel said...

Sorry Cliff. That is a lot of corn to lose. That must have been some strong wind! It's sure been a hot and dry summer. I know some areas are worst than others and I feel bad for folks like you who are losing crops and animals and parts of their livelihood. Hang in there. As Red Green says, "We're all pulling for ya."

Jim said...

O Golly, Cliff. Lois has said it was bad up there. Since you irrigate I didn't think you would be affected so badly. Is there a shortage of water?

I remember during the 1930's drought that the farmers cut up the corn, stalks, ears and all for silage to feed animals. Could you do that or don't you want animals along with all the fencing, etc? So will I suspect.