Back to beans

Friday, September 22, 2017

After a couple days harvesting corn, it is dry enough again to return to cutting beans.  Boy, oh, boy has it been hot!  We’ve had a couple days in the 90s, and they’re predicting a few more.  Maybe rain coming on Thursday.  Until then, we should be cutting soybeans.  We are still dodging some replanted beans, so it is rare that we cut a complete field start-to-finish.  But we are going to get what is ready now and return when the replanted ones are dried enough.  It certainly complicates the harvest, but you do what you gotta do.  The weather must be dry to harvest soybeans, and we use every good day we can to cut beans.

Brandon cleans the air filters on the combines frequently. He’s doing it again this morning.

We have also hooked up our little drill to begin planting cover crops.  This year, we are trying oats, so that the winter will surely kill the growth.   That way, there will be less pressure (than with wheat) getting the cover crop stopped next spring.  This cover crop thing seems to be helping protect from erosion, but there are still many things to learn.  We keep experimenting, and hopefully we will find that ‘right thing’.

Zack from CPS assists Brandon and John in the initial experience of loading the drill with the spout on the seed box. The oats looks great in the drill.

Today is the first day of fall, but it sure feels like a hot and very humid summer day!


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