#harvest18 complete

Monday, November 12, 2018

Today, after checking the weather forecast, we decided to go for it.  We took the S680 combine and header to the Commer and Freddie farms and harvested the remaining soybeans.  Those were planted in mid-July, and we knew that it would make for a late harvest time.  The beans were yielding about 25 bpa, and moisture level was 14.5% at Commer, and a little wetter at Freddie.  I even drove through some spots of water, holding the header above the water as it cut.  The soil was a little soft, and I did make some ruts in some places.  All in all, it was a good afternoon’s work, and it is such a relief to call the harvest work “done”…  especially with some measurable snow on the way tomorrow!  We were able to get almost a semi load of beans from those few acres.

Now, the JD combine is back home again, and back inside the storage building.  It’ll come out soon to get cleaned up.  The grain cart will need a wash, too… but that’s about it.  I think those tasks can even be done inside our shop, or at least I hope so!

The S680 combine waits in the storage barn, until it can come out to be washed up.

We are very grateful for a good harvest, with our 2nd-best corn yield.  Our soybean crop was very inconsistent; some were disappointing, but some were near 80 bpa!  The net result was an average bean crop.   The DCB were our best ever.

Greg Anthis from Nutrien called as I was arriving at home with the combine.  He reported on the progress of the lime and fertilizer applications.  Almost all the lime for 2019 has been spread, as well as the fertility for 2019 soybeans.  One field remains to receive its fertilizer for 2019 corn.   We are pleased that those field operations are near completion.  The 2019 wheat crop looks pretty good going into winter.

Property taxes are due tomorrow, and I’ll get those in the mail.  I use to stand in line at the County Treasurer’s office, but now I just mail them in…

As we enter the Thanksgiving season, it really drives home how nice it is to be done with our harvest.    We started on September 10, and we finished today, November 12.  It took a little longer than a typical year.  The late replanting of soybeans extended the harvest this year into November (as we expected it would).  I told John the other day, “If you see me get in the tractor and bean planter in the middle of next July, don’t let me do it!”   Then again, the circumstances in the moment will dictate our course of action…

We send you our very best wishes for a pleasant and happy Thanksgiving holiday.   We have much for which to be thankful!  Blessings to you all.




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