June 15, 2019
Yes, we are having a light rain today, and occasionally some thunder. We had planned to begin wheat harvest today. We tried it on Wednesday, but the grain was too wet. Since then, the weather has been beautiful: warm, windy, and sunny. It dried the wheat out a lot…enough that we were preparing to start again today. But the weather will not allow us to cut wheat today! The weather forecast is not very favorable for the next several days. More rain is coming, I suppose.
It was a good week at Carnahan & Sons. The soybean planting was finished on Tuesday. We had left unplanted the ‘low ground’ at the Cox farm, but by Tuesday, the water was gone, and the air drill even raised some dust as we placed the little beans into the soil! In addition, we returned that day to the Dunlap farm to replant the soybeans there; a hard rain the night after planting Dunlap created a hard crust that would not allow the beans to come up. Replanting. Not a farm favorite here. For 2019, there was a little less soybean replanting, but more corn replanting than an average spring.
We turned our attention to prepping the combines and headers for wheat harvest. The JD took a little more attention, and Davis the mechanic came from Hutson’s to assist the set-up. Some of the calibrations simply would not ‘take’, and it required his expertise to adjust some sensors. Now, we think this new machine is completely ready for harvesting. We will still have a consultant come from Hutson’s on the first harvest day, in order to train me in the fine points of the new technology inside the S780. It has a new camera-based system to automate the internal threshing adjustments, and also a new self-calibrating yield measuring system in the grain tank. Yes, I’ve read the owner’s manual, but an experienced person will make the learning curve easier to climb.
Yesterday was Flag Day in the USA, and it was a very beautiful June day in SWIN. The temperatures were a bit lower than average, and a gentle breeze made the sunny skies even more pleasant.
Have a wonderful weekend, and for the other dads out there, enjoy your day!