For me the bets I make every year are what people will eat in 6 to 10 months... and how much, and what kind and that's the market bets.
But there's the second bet -- the weather. Climate plays a big part in what I do -- more so in the last 18 months than ever before because i've started growing my own feed, and while I can carefully test my soil and do my research on seeds, and till the ground in the best way I can... if the weather isn't there I'm not going to get the results i hope for.
All farming is done on a bet.
|my corn, Sept 21|
So this week I'm looking my my corn. Here's some pictures
|alberts corn, Sept 21|
|Alberts corn Oct 8|
|my corn Oct 8|
The long term forecast is for the rain to start on Oct 11 and basically keep raining for a month. They're saying that we may have flood conditions around October 18th. So I'm sitting here looking at the corn, and wanting it to grow faster, but with the growing sense that I should chop it and get it into the silage pit sooner, vs later.
That said, I'm pretty happy with the corn itself. It to my novice eye I think that my spacing is ok (having some unfertilized kernels at the end of the cob is desirable, apparently. ) and the size and number of ears is good. Between the orchard grass and alfalfa and corn, this has been a pretty good year.
Pretty happy about this bet so far. Crossing my fingers I can follow through correctly and get it put away before the serious rains start.
|Red, my airedale, loves the crop walks|
|Corn is about 10' tall.|