#harvest18 ends… well, almost.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

It’s kind of a gray day today, after a rainy Friday.  The forecast is for several days of light rain over the next week.  Maybe the gray days of November have arrived early.

Wednesday afternoon, we finished off the harvest of the double-crop soybeans (DCB).  We were very happy with the yield on those; one of the best years ever at 45.5 bpa!   Timely rains during the late summer were quite helpful to the DCB.

Working at the Ross farm, cutting some DCB

This was us pulling out of the last field of DCB on Wednesday evening.

Thursday evening, we completed a round of soybean harvesting that was a bit unusual.  As we were cutting beans during September and early October, some areas of some fields had not quite matured.  We ‘cut around’ those areas, leaving them to return and cut later.  Well, Thursday, we were able to do just that.   I took the S680 combine, John brought the 640FD header, and Brandon brought Vanna the truck.  We entered the Harry farm, Newman farm, Steen, and Grubb farm locations.  It required 5 “moves” in and out to get that done.  In all, we may have brought in an additional 75 bushels of soybeans.  Maybe some farmers would not have bothered to go back, but we used that afternoon/evening to visit those patches and bring home those bushels.

What remains in the field of the 2018 soybean crop are two locations in the White River bottoms.  At the Commer and Freddie farms, we had some spots drown during the  summer, not to dry out until mid-July.  I went back and replanted those low areas.   It was sort of an experiment on our part, to check on very late planting.  Not sure how successful this experiment will be.  Those 20-25 acres were still green and growing when the frost stopped them.  Now, they plants are drying up, but the slick beans inside the pods are green.  We will monitor these patches over the next several days to see if they dry down enough to cut.

So, it feels pretty good to have the crop (mostly) in the bins.  The corn was not a record  yield, but second-best ever.  The soybeans were all over the board on yields.  We had some near 80, and some in the 40s.   The average will take us to about 60.   All in all, we’re pretty happy again, and very grateful for the blessing of having another crop.

We have been working with the local Nutrien plant (formerly CPS), and they have almost all the fertility applications performed for the 2019 corn and soybeans.  Just a few fields of lime applications remain.

Here, the tender truck reloads the spreader with 2019 “corn food”.

The fertilizer is applied with this spreader machine, in varying rates according to a map developed by grid soil sampling the field.

We have the 2019 corn and soybean seed purchased.

Mr. Worland has the fall conservation construction projects completed.   Larry has completed planting cover crop oats where needed.

We have been cleaning up the machines that are finished for the season.

John washes up the 9520R tractor. Looks like new again.

I just HAD to wash my pickup. It was looking a little shabby, but now it shines.

We need some more dry days to get to those late soybeans, but we are near to calling ‘completed’ on the 2018 crop.   Looking back, it seems like the calendar pages flipped pretty quick.

We will enter next month’s Thanksgiving season with a renewed sense of gratitude.  Even if grain prices are currently depressed, a farmer always feels better if he brings in a good crop.   We will manage our grain sales over the next several months, responding to the opportunities of market spikes, and to the constraints of cash flow requirements.  We will soon have our post-harvest banquet to show our appreciation to everyone who contributed to this year’s farm operation.   When we stop to ponder the 2018 crop season, it went by pretty fast.  Like always.

God is good… all the time.



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