The rains have missed us for the past few weeks so we ran the irrigation pump nearly all last week. I'm gambling today and not running the pump in hopes that we get some rainfall tonight. Yesterday looked promising, the local news stations really talked up the storm potential for the preceding week, but we are as dry as I have seen in May. The last two rainfall events were a few weeks ago and resulted in just two-tenths of an inch each time, so we have only received four-tenths in the past few weeks. The fields look really good, considering the dry soils. We have run irrigation header lines to nearly all of the fields and the drip irrigation is working well to conserve water and put the moisture into the rooting zone. We did a final cultivation pass on the first kale field and I fully expect it to canopy over by next week if it rains. The beets received a second cultivation pass and look as good as any beet crop I have ever planted. Beets have a tremendous tap root and seem to thrive even in dry years, so I'm looking forward to a great beet harvest this season. Peppers are going out today because the soils have finally warmed enough to allow them to grow and we look to transplant tomatoes by the end of the week if weather allows. The fields look as good as I have ever seen at this time in the season (knock on wood), we just need a shot of rain to boost growth.
Until next time, have a great week!
Best, Andy, Melissa, and Crew