It’s here - It’s harvest time – GAME ON.
Harvest, like a game only lasts for a certain amount of time. During games, just like harvest there will be interruptions. There will also be many other things to deal with at the farm, not to mention the multiple outside distractions that occur on a daily basis. But, the most important thing that we can do, especially during harvest is to deal with them, and return to our game. We started the game, now we have to finish it. Game On.
Pearsall, TX - Harvest has begun! So far, so good. It’s great to be able to finally get the harvesters in the field. The first few fields weren’t exactly home runs due to the wind and hail damage during the growing season, but the ones coming up have amazing potential.
Live Oak, FL – They are super busy putting the final touches on harvesters and the wash line. The crop is looking great and the potatoes are bulking nicely. Harvest is right around the corner!
Hawkinsville, GA – The crop is still a little bit behind due to the late planting, but it’s trying to catch up as much as possible. Peanut planting and potato harvest are both in the near future.
Arbyrd, MO – The crop is progressing nicely despite fewer Growing Degree Days as compared to last year. They haven’t had to run much irrigation yet. Tubers are about peanut size and we’re excited to see how everything turns out. They are also injecting Nitrogen on corn, planting sorghum and getting ready to plant full season beans as well.
Columbia, NC - Daily management of the crop and controlling pests are keeping the team busy in NC. They are also working on the harvesters and grading equipment in the shed. The corn crop also looks good, but they need to keep the wild hogs away.
Charleston, MO – The warm weather has been great with a very aggressive growth rate. They are running irrigation when needed and spraying herbicide on a few fields. There are no signs of disease pressure at this point, but we’ll keep vigilant with the cool and wet nights expected.
Rhodesdale, MD – All of the dammer-diking and spraying is completed. Most of the crop is at 50% emergence. We’ve had great weather in Maryland, and the plants are changing rapidly every day.
Oak Grove, LA – They are still pulling the plastic off of slips, and finally finished up with soybean planting. The farm team participated in Relay for Life last weekend and raised over $2,000!
Winamac, IN – The weather is finally warming up and the crop is progressing very nicely. A few fields have started to emerge. They are even having to irrigate on some of the sandy ground while looking forward to wrapping up planting.
Sturgis, MI – Plants are starting to emerge and the warm weather will accelerate that growth. Still receiving some seed, and applying herbicide.
Grand Forks, ND – There is a lot of travel outside of the Grand Forks office to make sure the farms are ready for harvest, make sure there is enough help at the beginning of harvest, and to ensure our customers know what to expect once we get more harvesters in the fields.
#BrunchWeek – We’re also sponsoring a great social media event this week called Brunch Week. Over 30 bloggers will be talking about brunch, posting recipes and doing giveaways all week. We’re encouraging them to use Red Potatoes in all brunch menus.
All of the work that has been done this past year has lead up to this, the big game known as harvest. It’s here. Even with the distractions. It only lasts a few weeks on each farm. We get one shot. We’ve done everything we think we could have done to be as successful as possible. Game On!