Wednesday, November 4, 2015
The good weather continues, and it’s a treat! Mid 70s temps today make for a pleasant time to be out and about. What’s happening on the farm?
-Corn and soybeans are being delivered to market again this week. Ross continues to seek price points for further sales of what’s in storage. He is trying to be especially aggressive with marketing soybeans. John and Brandon are out right now delivering corn to GPC in Washington, IN.
-The spreading of fall fertilizers wrapped up yesterday afternoon. CPS Wheatland finished up with the final field of lime spreading. I will compile the invoices into a spreadsheet, and prepare for a payment this month.
-I’m preparing for the fall property tax installment due on Tuesday the 10th. Rather than wait in the long line at the County Treasurer’s office on that day, I’ll place the payment into the mail, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the receipts. It’s certainly more convenient that way.
-Hutson’s service man Ray came today to install an improvement package on the JD 9330 and JD 9360R tractors. It had something to do with the main drive shaft between the engine and the transmission. Thanks, John Deere, for the upgrade.
-Both combines are now in our main storage barn. They have been washed and nestled away in the back recesses of that barn. No more attention needed until summer, when they’ll come out for a wax job on the exterior skin.
-We requested at the local FSA a “recon” (reconfiguration) of 4 existing farm locations. We have added acres over the years. Subsequently, for fields that are adjoining, a recon will merge the information of fields we have ‘connected’ to each other. Now these maps will more precisely reflect the actual way field operations are conducted on these acres. It’s a simple ‘cut and paste’ process, but has some complicating factors for a bit of our CRP acres. But once this process is complete, it will make the preparation of planting plans and prescriptions easier, along with the recording of harvest results. Joy at FSA has been very prompt to tackle our request, just indicative of the superior spirit of cooperation we find in our local FSA office.
-Today is my wife Pat’s birthday. We’ll celebrate with a special dinner out at one of the nicer restaurants in downtown Vincennes.
HS basketball season is starting locally, with the girls’ team playing last night in their season opener. We love basketball here in Indiana, but it seems like the season got here pretty fast! It’ll be busy until tourney time comes in March. What fun!