Corn Warriors – Season 3 | Episode 3 – A Mother Scorned 4K

– I’ve learned my lesson. I’m never gonna mouth off Mother Nature, ’cause she can win. (upbeat music) – Kevin, David, get y’all some of this. It’s not easy farm here. That’s why you gotta have that. – So welcome to season
three, Corn Warriors. What am I squintin’ for? Sunlight, we’re gettin’ a lot of sunlight. – If you can’t be the
best at it, don’t do it. (upbeat music) – [Dan] June 8th, kinda
push comes to shove, I’ll basically plant through
some of the wet stuff, around a few things. – I want everything to be
perfect, an especially this year it’s not gonna happen. – [Man] Ain’t that something? That’s just two days. (upbeat music) – Well my goal is to be a personal best. But our personal best is a world record. – I like to have the ability make it rain. (thunder booming) – My name is Brooks Cardinal. We’re here at Cardinal
Farms in Oaktown, Indiana. See that tree over there? Cardinal tree. Where it all started. That’s where my great
grandpa came here in 1941. Came up here and started farming. That’s where this all originated from and now I’m the 4th generation Cardinal. It’s me and my brother out
here, that we farm together and between both of us,
we’ve got five boys. That’ll be the 5th generation comin’ up. I mean, it’s all about the next generation and keep the Cardinal Farm’s name going. Out here we raise corn,
soybeans, wheat, and watermelons. We’ve learned a lot from
the watermelon business that we’ve brought to the grain side, and that’s definitely helped
us in our high-management corn. I don’t think anyone would
consider their self a farmer, until they farm some bottom sprout. My honest opinion. I think it’s such a challenge. Attention to detail. It’s gettin’ out there, when
ya need to be out there. Yeah, you gotta plant it right. That’s very important but, the rest of the season too. You gotta get it side dressed. Ya know that corn can’t have
a bad day and that’s key and it, little bit,
worries me a little bit with so many acres of corn, tryin’ to get back and get it side dressed and get everything taken care of in time, so we’re hopin’ for the best. This is the first year
since I’ve been planting, say twenty years, that I’ve
not planted April corn. Just what makes me nervous is, you know, May 7th, getting started
and as wet as it is, and as high as that river’s been, and its not going down very quick. I mean, you’re talking four weeks. At least three weeks if
it quits raining now. It’s goin’ to be pushing
it, getting our corn in down in the bottoms. Same as grain, I mean this
wet weather’s kept us out of watermelons, as
well, so we’re trying to play catch up and get them things planted. – This is the first year that
we have not been planting by the end of April,
we’ve never had anything that’s end of May, so,
we’re definitely behind, but now that it’s dry,
then we really don’t have an option, we’ve gotta least
try to get it in the ground, and just hope and pray for the best. – Just gettin’ rollin’ planting, finally. Just got done mixing up some fertilizer. – [Boy] It’s at 91. – Okay, 215. You got it, hotrod? Yep, finally ready to roll. We’re doing a lot of things good, but we’ve got a lot of
room for improvements. Hold on. I need to get out and
check my corn real quick. Nothin’ but the best. Just, we gotta watch where we’re at, we’re in a tough market now, and I mean, it’s all about the bottom line and so that’s gonna take an effect. Let’s go check some depth. (Upbeat western music) Pretty close in there, ain’t they? About two inches deep, just right. I feel we’ve been buildin’
our soils real well, with potassium last couple years. Something we really learned last year, a later fungicide application seemed to really respond. I mean, that stay green and that plant, keeping that plant
healthy and alive longer, gain us better test
weight, and more yield, and so we’ll be doin’ a
lot more of that this year. It’s all about scouting,
and keeping an eye on it, staying ahead of it. See what happens. I’m excited, I really
am, I mean, the underdog for sure, comin’ in. I’m hoping we can see some
four hundred bushel corn this year. I’ve learned a lot from
every one of the Warriors, I mean, it’s an honor to be here, going up with them, for sure, but I’ve got my work cut
out for me, for sure. Hard work pays off. If you give it your all, stay there until the job’s done, I think
it pays for itself. It’s hard to pencil it out to see it, but it pays for itself. Yeah, the competition
begins here, you know? – [Male Speaker] Come by and fill them up. – Well, that’s a part of the problem with the manure you spread,
don’t just help the corn, ’til you get it sprayed,
kinda helps the weeds, too. Load up ’bout 1,300 gallon, I guess. Gotta make sure how many gallons in there. I think I got 700 left. (cicadas sing) (solemn music) Big parts where you grow a lot of corn, they’re a hurtin’, wet. Parts of Iowa, majority of
Illinois, majority of Indiana. Nebraska ain’t doin’ so hot. Kinda depressing. (solemn music) First time I’ve ever seen
water sittin’ in this field. May 8th and it’s too
wet to even be spraying. Unbelievable. But, my grandy daddy said, “The Midwest’s “the land of milk and honey,
we’ve got it so easy.” We’ve never seen water sit
there in the field here. Man, look at this. Look at him. Big no no, what do ya do. We need about four days of
dryin’s what we really need. May 8th, May 9th and we’re completely, basically saturated again. You know, this field here is one of the driest fields we got, always is, and it’s barely dry enough. We’re trackin’ in, sprayin’ and calling for heavy
rain possibility tomorrow. You know, it’s just not looking
real good for the Midwest. We ain’t got that perfect
weather that Randy and David’s got out there
on the East coast, ya know. The tri-state up through southern Indiana, western Kentucky, southern Illinois. It seems like them guys get
hit pretty hard all the time. The contest field there’s on
15 foot center of creek bottom and hell, we were trackin’ in that field. Now it’s gettin’ so damn
wooly, it’ll never dry out. I just, said, I’m pretty
disappointed how wet it is. I figured it’d be a lot
drier than this out here. We shoulda had corn planted a month ago. Ain’t much else we can do,
drink beer, throw darts. (sad music) And we’re sittin’ here, what
is today, the 9th of May, to tell ya how close we
been to planting this year, we don’t even have any
fertilizer here yet. We’ve not even got excited
about it yet, plantin’. (darts thud into board) Ah, this just freakin’ sucks. We deal with it. This is absolutely the latest
that we’ve ever done nothing, I mean, not even 200 acres
are sprayed and it was wet. We rutted it up but fields
are gettin’ so damn wooly. None of the tillage equipment has touched dirt yet this year. That’s the way it is. Been one o’ them rough years. (sad music) I don’t even think Dan
has anything planted and I don’t think Matt
has anything planted. We don’t have anything planted. Oh, that was a bull’s eye. Nothing, nothing for me. (boards rattle) (emotional music) – This spring has been a mess. I’ve been going to school, and I’m trying to do pre-summer stuff, and this planting season
has been a disaster. I’ve dropped a lot of balls, and that was one of them. (emotional music) I finished June 1st, last year. This year I started June 3rd. Technically, I didn’t. I started in May, but we planted two and a half acres, and I had to spend two hours digging the planter out from under the mud. So, we really started June 3rd. At this point, the planter’s
been stuck three times. We’ve spent five to six hours total, probably digging mud out of the planter. Right now we’ve got an issue with a broken wheel on the planter. I’m going to run to Mylan, and I’m going to get some parts from them, and we’re going to come back, hopefully, and get it going this afternoon. (dramatic music) I would say our stands
should be excellent. We shouldn’t have any emergency problems, except for the places that were a little wet
when we planted them. So, we will have some issues, but we will not have the
widespread stand inconsistency that a lot of guys who’ve
planted earlier will have. If half the stand was planted a month ago, whether that’ll make up for the fact that our stands are more consistent, I would guess it probably will. I probably saw maybe 10 fields between here and North Central Indiana that were what I would call good, and the vast majority
were not even planted. It’s going to be an interesting. It’s not going to be one anybody’s going to forget anytime soon, I can tell you that. I mean it’s been basically short of a natural disaster. Because of the high water levels, we haven’t been able to
ship grains since January. I’ve got 85% of my grain on hand from last year at this point, in which we should have been empty. I mean we should have had
it all delivered by now. We can’t ship any grain because the river is too high. I mean the river’s been
constantly above flood staging, with the exception of maybe a couple days. No barges up the river, means no grain down the river, so that’s kind of where we’ve been at. And I would say at this point, we’re probably still a few weeks away from being able to ship any grains. I’ve come to the realization there’s not a darn
thing I can do about it, and that it’s going to
be what it’s going to be. We were better off than most. We didn’t have any fertilizer down. We didn’t have any money spent. So had we not gotten this window that we’ve gotten almost
all of our corn planted in, we would have taken a prevent plan and moved onto next year. And prevented planning insurance is not going to cover all of it. My planter passed. By the time we gathered up all the fertilizers and
seeds and everything else cost me almost $220 an acre. So, if it’s not fit, I’m not gonna spend that money. There’s a lot of people
that don’t agree with that. They say, “Just suck it
in and take yield hit.” But that’s what revenue insurance is for and that’s just not how I’m
not gonna approach things. (birds chirping) (flag waving) We planted more of a hundred day hybrid, we were going to plant anyway, and we more or less
stuck with a hybrid mix that we were planning on. And the biggest problem is we have hybrids that are adapted to grow in
Central and Western Illinois that with certain levels
of heat and humidity, and you just go and
plant hundred day hybrids that aren’t adapted to that, and you can have more problems than you would have had it otherwise. (solemn music) The only thing that’s going
to get us now is the frost. If we get another frost, then we’re going to be in trouble, but we won’t certainly be the only ones. At this point, the goal is for this year to involve not losing any money if I can avoid it. If I can pay all my bills, and get to next year, then that’s probably the extent
of my goals at this point. Mother Nature has handed it to us pretty good so far this year. It’s going to be what it’s going to be. I mean the Yield Contest
this year is going to be a crapshoot because you’ve got guys that didn’t get stuff
in that are contenders that would have normally gotten
stuff in at a certain time. And you’ve got guys that muddled stuff in to try to get it done, and so those are going to come out. It’s gonna to be hard to find consistent 10-acre blocks that you
can use for the contest that aren’t going to have holes in them. I mean, there’s a couple
fields to the south of us where we do some custom harvesting and stuff that look decent, but other than that, they’re all patchy. If anybody says they can tell
you what it’s going to make, they are full of crap, ’cause they don’t know. The people at Brandt we’re
kind enough to help me out with some micronutrient solutions that we hadn’t been able
to track down in the past. So they were able to get that for me. We’ve been very, very
happy with the service to this point we’ve gotten from Brandt. If I had known they
were going to be as easy to deal with as they are, we probably would have started dealing with them a long time ago. I mean from last year, we already made some changes. We sat down with Mike Gamez. Him telling me I needed to up some stuff, and me telling him that
it’s freaking June, I need to get it done. And him saying, “I don’t care. “You need to do it anyway.” And so, it’s been a process. You knew we blew half an ear
off because we ran out of gas before we can get it sidedressed. You blow half an ear off, and it still makes $240, $250. I mean, you know you’re
on the right track. And we blew it more
times than not going slow and doing the right thing has paid more than getting into her end and doing nothing wrong with her, so. I’m sure the Twitter Corns will be really loud if
it blows up in my face. (gentle music) – Oh, I got a little boy. Easton, got a family that I didn’t have. From a personal perspective that’s what’s next level for Andy. We’re excited to be working with growers from all over the country, learning from growers, teaching
growers what we’ve learned. (gentle music) We’re doing camps all over, we got a next level camp in Ohio. Original four was Nebraska,
Ohio, Illinois and South Dakota. (gentle music) This past year we added
North Dakota, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, and a
second location in Nebraska. We got more that showed
interest in different states. Our motto has been, the difference between a good
farmer and a great farmer is time and attention to detail. So what we’re out to do is
attract the good farmers and help teach them
some of what we’ve done, share information, teach
them to share information, share information that we
know, and just learn together and help make some of those good farmers decide to be proactive
and just break the trend of being a trend follower
and become trend setters. Help make good farmers great farmers, that’s what we’re doing. (dramatic music) They get four meetings a year. They get a meeting in December, November December time frame. And then one in February,
January February March. We get two meetings in the fall and winter and they get two meetings in the summer where we actually go walk
fields who grow ours. (gentle music) Some of the things that I’m trying new, we’ve played around with
Precision Planting’s FurrowForce. I’m kind of excited
about what it may offer. Its pretty neat, we got to beta test it Definitely going to be something that needs to be on peoples
radar going forward. We’ve been using Delta
Force for a couple years, we’re playing around with Conceal, we’re also doing some of our version. Everybody knows that kinda, I guess. Corn Defray’s and TubaTubaToo, we’re using their system
to put out fertilizer on both sides of the road. (upbeat music) We don’t use speed tubes
to be able to plant fast. We use them to be able to take and drop the seeds two to
three inches into the furrow instead of dropping down
the seeds two to a foot. (dramatic music) We’re really embracing technology, they help guide our
decision making processes. Technology’s great when it works, but anybody that’s been
using technology for a while knows that sometimes there’s hiccups, but luckily they got good people. I work with Southern Crop
Solutions out of South Carolina and they’re my precision dealer. Robby and Robert, they’ve
been doing a great job. Wesley, he works for them as well. They’ve come down to spend
two to three to four weeks you know, helping get planters
set up and ready to roll. (dramatic music) Wash the trailer. (dramatic music) (laughter) I call that the Matt Swanson pile. He’s our intercropping guy, remember. – You gonna show him how it’s done? – Nah, I don’t know about that. – We use it when we’re carrying – It’s slow release so it
doesn’t leak nearly as bad. (mumbles) It’s just a process, you have
to pay to fill the litter, you have to pay to get it hauled, you have to pay to get it spread. We just don’t have enough
manpower to haul it and equipment to haul it ourself, or to do all the spreading that’s needed. So we have to depend on some other people, and this litter became
available at the last minute. It’d be worse in the long run
I feel like, to be patient because chicken litter’s good stuff and this is coming from a lady I know that I’ve been buying litter
from for quite some time. She owns the chicken houses and it’s always good
litter when we get it. (country music) Make the A-B line next to the dirt road, if you don’t mind, and
work your way this way. Everything’s still on a 70 foot pattern? – Everything’s on 70 foot,
all the way up to that train. Ain’t no way to straighten that out unless I wrap it with that. – We’re going to probably have to wrap it. – Everything’s on 70 foot – I can’t deal it in two passes
of corn is what I’m saying. I’ll look at it. (engine roaring) Who got you? – You ready to go? – Who’s got you? (country music) What’s all this around here?
You didn’t shave this morning? – I’m trying to grow it out (laughter) (Upbeat country music) – Be a good boy okay, blow daddy a kiss. – Hello sweetness. This is the Kalb section, right? – [Male Speaker] Tell him
just salt on it just right. – Yeah, I guess if we can’t plant it, you might as well eat it, right. – Yup. (country rock music) (fans cheer) (fence clanks) – It hit the freakin’ top of the wire. – It hit the top, yep, it did. It hit to top of the yellow. – Like two or three balls, wasn’t it? – [Girl Speaker] Two, it was. – So yeah, when little
Emerson was at 8U softball, she had four balls that were like– – [Female Speaker] Coulda been home runs. – A foot from going out. – [Female Speaker] That’s
when she was the stud of the– – [Girl Speaker] Team, yeah now I’m not. – [Female Speaker] Now I’m not? (laughs) She’s already peaked. Come on Ry. (bat cracks against ball) – Heads up, heads up. – [Male Speaker] Tell ya what, – [Umpire] Foul ball. – [Male Speaker] Get a nice base hit here, makes this game interesting. Four, three then. (country rock music) Two runs to score. Come on, now. – [Female Speaker] Let’s go, Ry, let’s go. Go, dig it, dig it! Where you goin’ though? I mean everything’s a gamble. Where you gonna stand in the field? How hard to hit? May be a little tiny girl up there who can freakin’ nail it out to the grass. Or you could have a big girl up there that can’t hit it worth squat. It’s kinda like farming. You just never know. Oh well, on to the next game. Just like farming, on to
the next season, right. But we haven’t even got
this season started. It’s all right, Cobb. It’s game, it’s not sectional. – [Male Speaker] Don’t matter.

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