Wheat 18

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wheat harvest wrapped up Monday evening.  It was perhaps a bit disappointing as we were harvesting.  We had not produced wheat since 2014, and we had been hearing neighbors speak about their 100-bushel wheat in the past few years.  Every time we inspected the crop since February, we were quite optimistic about the prospect for a very good yield.  Our results were a tick over 79 bpa, for the whole crop, although depending on the location, the fields yielded from 63 to 88 bpa.  If we compare these yield numbers to our previous experience, we’d say, “that’s pretty good”.   The bad point on this crop, was that our harvest was delayed by rain, and that dinged the test weight.  So it was a mixed bag.  But it’s nice to have a little income stream in the middle of the summer.

Here, at the Ross farm, you can see the 8230 and the grain cart working in the lower part of this field.

As you can see in the mirror, the chopper spreads the crop residue fairly uniformly behind the combine

The combines ran well… Ross needed a mechanic to come Monday to repair his automatic steering on the C-IH 8230.  He says he’s more tired at the end of  the day when he has to actually ‘steer’ his combine!  I understand that!  The temperatures during the wheat harvest ran in the mid 90s, with very high humidity.  I have always said, if the A/C does not work in the combine, I’m ‘broke down’ until that gets fixed!  Don’t think I could sit inside that glass box in those conditions without A/C…

Tuesday and Wednesday I spent planting double-crop soybeans (DCB) into the wheat stubble and straw.  I had some difficulty getting the drill openers to cut through the straw in those small places where the wheat was down, and had to be cut close to the ground, making for thicker straw residue.  But I am hopeful that we will get a pretty good stand of soybeans to come up.  It’s raining again today, and that should help sprout those beans quickly, especially when it’s this warm.

These long rows at the Steen Hill field planted quite well.

On Tuesday, I had a visit from our banker, Steve Blinn of Old National Bank. After signing some papers, he spent some time with me as I planted DCB.

This is what I’m watching as I plant DCB.  In the foreground is the Gen 4 monitor screen, and just above it is the iPad with Fieldview operating. The Gen 4 operates quite differently from the familiar GS 2630s we use in other JD machines. The Fieldview works well to consolidate information from both the C-IH and JD systems.

Late in the day Wednesday, rain was threatening all around, but never hit where I was planting

Yesterday was our mom Ruth Carnahan’s 103rd birthday.  She rarely got to celebrate her birthday on the correct date… it was always wheat harvest or bean planting or some such work that interfered with it.  But she was a remarkable and kind person and we miss her.  It is now about 15 years since she passed away.  Her influence on us remains.

We will make a tour today to see where we need to replant soybeans that were damaged/killed by last week’s heavy rainfall.   We did receive 6.2″ in that 3-day rain event!  The air drill remains hooked up to the 9520R tractor until…

Tonight, we’ll attend this year’s Indiana Master Farmer award banquet.  We have a local Knox County farmer, Jim Farris, who will be one of the recipients.   It’s hard to believe it’s been 17 years since I received that award.  2001 seems so long ago now!



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