Good week

Saturday, September 26, 2020

This has been a good week for cutting soybeans.  We began harvesting soybeans last Wednesday, and we used every day since then to harvest them.  Now, this morning, it feels like we are having an ‘Oregon’ morning, with hazy skies, and a slight mist in the air.  This is not a good bean-cutting day… at least so far.   But we will rejoice in the good progress we have made for 9 consecutive work days!   Soybean yields have been running above our average of the last few years.  That improved result also makes us grateful.  I will attach some pics from this week’s work.

The new ThunderCreek trailer speeds up the morning service for the combines.

At 40 gpm, it refills the machines’ tanks pretty quick.

It has been very dusty and dirty in the soybean fields this fall. It highlights the long period of dry weather we have experienced since early August. Makes for great soybean harvest. But it also makes you happy you have an enclosed cabin on your combine!

Unloading on-the-go makes for a more efficient harvest.

Because we are not yet in the field today, (noon) we are running soybeans out of storage into one of our load-out bins.  We continue to send loaded trucks to Newburgh, Indiana — about an hour to the south, on the Ohio River — to fill our fall-delivery contracts.  Lotsa loads have gone south so far, with several to go.

Our Creamer grain leg can take the flow from both these storage bins.

Larry Corn has returned to Carnahan & Sons, and he is now planting our 2021 wheat crop.  Larry has been working here since he was 15…that makes 53 years now!  He got started yesterday  (Friday the 25th).   We are conducting an experiment on about 100 acres by planting wheat more conventionally with a no-till drill.  This will give us a reasonable trial vs. our regular way to plant wheat.  For the remainder of our ’21 wheat acres, we will use our typical planting method.  In that, we blend the seed into the granular fertilizer and broadcast it onto the field with Nutrien’s air flow spreader truck.  immediately following that, we lightly work the seed and fertilzer into the soil with a tandem disk and roller.  We will compare these two methods of planting, to see if it is worth the time and effort to actually drill the seed at planting time.

Here Larry goes with a 15-foot JD 1560 NT drill, planting wheat. If this experiment proves valuable, we will break out our big 50-foot drill to plant the 2022 crop. If not, we will continue to broadcast it and disk it in.

All in all, a good week at Carnahan & Sons.

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