Angela "Annie" Dee - Aliceville, Alabama
- Ground Work
Farm: Annie grows corn, soybeans, wheat and rye and raises beef cattle with her brother, two sons and niece in Aliceville, Ala. They practice extensive use of cover crops to improve the overall soil health. She and her husband, Ed, have five children, Rachel, Seth, Jesse, Mary and Martha, and five grandchildren. This is Annie’s third year as a USB director.
Last month, we were in the process of harvesting our wheat, so that we could get our double soybean crop planted before it rained and we could avoid a repeat of last year. I’m happy to say we were able to get the double crop soybeans planted just before the rain came. Those soybeans are already starting to come up. We didn’t have many challenges with planting the double crop fields. The ground was just a little moist. Planting soybeans behind the wheat helps us with weed control and builds up the fertility of the soil.
I will spend some time this week in Nashville, Tennessee, at a conference for nurse practitioners, informing them of the health benefits of soy. The work will still continue on our farm though. We also raise cattle, and our main goal of the week is to finish our cattle work for the year. Usually we don’t finish that until July.
Everything is looking really good on our farm. The soybeans are getting ready to bloom, and all of our other crops are at various stages. We’ve been receiving rain on a regular basis and temperatures are staying consistent. The temperatures are in the 90s during the day, but it is cooling off at night.
I would like for our international customers to know that the outlook for our crops is very strong. Right now, it looks like we will have an above average year. We are very optimistic. Of course, the crop condition can always change at a moment’s notice.