Monday, August 10, 2020
This week, the guys will continue their tasks of preparing the machines and trucks and grain system for fall harvest. The combines are ready. The red headers are being worked on today. A couple trucks remain to be serviced. The grain dryer needs an inspection and lubrication, as well as the grain elevators. The bins will be inspected and the augers and conveyors serviced. That doesn’t seem like a long list, but it involves several days’ work! Here is a review of some of last week’s activities.
We also had a day visit with our banker. He came to the farm, and we toured the fields to check on the progress. It is helpful for him to actually ‘see’ the farm locations and look them over. In that way, he says, he can better identify in his mind when we discuss any particular farm location. It was a pleasant time; we definitely view our banker as our ‘partner’, and we try to keep him informed as to what is happening. And he treated us to lunch that day!
Last Friday, we had an opportunity to visit directly with our Pioneer seed representatives. They took us to a nearby research and experimental exhibit for a private, personal tour. We spent the morning reviewing Pioneer’s soybean seed offerings for 2021. We saw experiments with various planting depths, seed spacing, and herbicide treatments. They also had a live, growing display of historical corn varieties, which we found quite interesting. We have not been using Pioneer seeds for a few years now, but they offer an alternative in herbicide traits that Bayer (Asgrow brand) currently does not. We are investigating options for 2021.
The preparation for fall harvest continues today… and will for most days this week. Five weeks or so we will likely be in the thick of harvest activity.
Our local school starts tomorrow. We are praying for a good and safe start to school, and for a year of education without interruption.