The next two weeks will be a dash to the finish for the rest of the wheat and the canola. A late frost will help with the corn and soybeans… And then there are all those rolls upon rolls of black tile to be plowed into expanding acreage.
It was a classic rush to complete work on Brielmann Agriculture’s new state of the art grain handling system at their yard on the east side of Pinewood this week. Trucks were busy unloading semi loads at the new elevator with each huge truck emptied in just minutes.This very substantial financial investment underlines the confidence the Brielmanns’ have in the future potential of intensive grain production in the Rainy River District.
With continued hot dry weather their two massive Claas combines are busy getting off this year’s crop. Some rain earlier in the week slowed operations for a couple of days. The rain was a welcome shot for the corn and soybeans that are still filling but did little for the small grains and canola, says Timo Brielmann.
Crops are yielding better than expected and quality is also high.
“The oats went about 150 bushels per acre with about a 40 pound per bushel weight,” added Brielmann, “And the wheat is averaging about 70 with some fields going over 80.”
This is better than expected and the quality is high with wheat grading as #1. The drought this year that decimated pastures and hay crops, while hard on the grains, demonstrated once again the agronomic benefits of tile drainage. While waterlogged soils limit root growth, making the crops susceptible to moisture stress, internally well drained soils promote deep roots, enhancing the ability of crops to access deeper moisture and nutrient reserves while eliminating surface erosion from runoff.
“The soybeans and corn are still filling and that little shot of moisture last week is helping, but the canola which we will start harvesting in the next week has probably suffered the most,” says Amos Brielmann, explaining Canola does not tolerate hot dry conditions during flowering and seed set.
The straw from some of the oat and wheat crops is also proving a boon to local livestock producers looking for roughage to extend their scant hay supplies. While cereal straw is not high in digestibility it can be used to extend roughage in the diet of dry beef cows. Some of Brielmann’s wheat and oat fields had the combine straw spreader turned off and the straw was quickly wrapped up into hundreds of big round bales.