October 28, 2013
With the sun coming up now, Ben is away in the Peterbilt to GPC, delivering a load of corn. Ross and I will be traveling to every soybean field shortly, in order to evaluate their readiness for harvest. With a beautiful day predicted, it would be great to use it for soybean harvesting! A little rain is in tomorrow’s forecast. There is one more load of corn scheduled for delivery today. And CPS will be spreading wheat on the places where the erosion was repaired here on the Home farm. That should help protect it during the winter.
Now that’s it’s afternoon, the day turned into a spectacularly beautiful one! The temperature is mid-60s, and the sunshine is brilliant against a clear blue sky. After the recent chilly snap, it feels warmer than perhaps it really is. We are taking this opportunity to clean the grain dryer. Nick is up there, washing down the inner and outer panels and making it look like new.
John and Ben made some repairs to the wheel hubs on one of the semi-trailers; they got the oil leaks stopped. Haley and Nick got the pickups washed. I spent many hours this afternoon working on cash flow spreadsheets: modifying the 2013 page to reflect actual results, and refining the 2014 and 2015 projections. The accuracy is getting better for next year, and even with the declining commodity prices, we are becoming more hopeful about a positive result.
The soil-protective wheat did get applied at the Home farm by CPS today. Tomorrow afternoon’s predicted rain will be perfect to get it started growing. From the morning tour of the remaining soybean fields, we think that some beans may be ready for harvest by late in the week… but rain is predicted for Tues, Wed, and Thurs… Some of the beans won’t be ready until at least next week. Oh, how we would like to be out there today on this warm, sunny October day!
Soon it’ll be time to watch Game 5 of the World Series…c’mon Cardinals!