Tuesday, September 24, 2013

We may make our goal of planting wheat tomorrow after all… Larry Corn is coming today to begin disking cornstalks in preparation of wheat planting.  No, we don’t have every acre where 2014 wheat will be planted ‘uncovered’ yet, but over 2/3 of those acres have the corn and soybeans harvested already.  Larry began his work for dad when he was 15 years old, 46 years ago.  Larry has planted our wheat crop for more years than I can remember.  He takes his vacation from the Jasper hospital in order to come and help us each fall.  It’s so familiar, that it’s almost automatic, with Larry here.  We certainly appreciate our long-standing relationship with him.

The start of the soybean harvest was a great day.  The weather was perfect: clear blue sky, light wind, bright sunshine!  The yields were at best average.   But they seem to be making our cash flow goal.  The thing about soybean harvest this year is that with all the replanting, most fields will require us to ‘cut around’ the later ones, and return to cut them later.  The moisture levels are okay, unless we happen to put a few of the replanted beans in with them.  So, the beans are mostly coming home to our storage bins, to have some aeration put through them.  Hopefully, we will be able to send more directly to market today.

Let the sun shine, it’s soybean time!


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