Back to Beans

Saturday, October 10, 2020

After 5 big days harvesting corn, we are returning to soybeans today.  More specifically, the double-crop soybeans (DCB).  We have had a good week in the corn fields.  For the past two days, we have been able to place most of the corn we harvested directly into our storage bins, rather than needing to run it through the dryer.  That is a logistical and financial benefit.

Ross and John discuss the day’s work as the fueling process occurs

Unload on-the-go

We have been emphasizing the trucks outgoing with corn and soybeans this week, too.  It is becoming more important to get those deliveries to GPC at Washington and to ADM at Newburgh, Indiana– because we are running near to capacity in our on-farm storage.  That may make us pause harvesting a day or two next week, in order to make room for the incoming grain here in our storage.  The trucking is an important component to the harvest.

Bill heads out with another load of grain. This is his second trip to Newburgh this morning. He’s becoming quite familiar with that stretch of I-69!

After re-fueling the truck, Bill is ready to roll again.  He has been terrific.

Bob has done well in the trucks. He is a careful driver.

So, back to DCB today.  It is not a perfect day for soybean harvest.  It is overcast, but not chilly.  We hope to have a good afternoon and evening in the DCB field.

The combines sit this morning, awaiting the trip to the DCB fields.

Soil testing is occurring in those fields which are scheduled for such tests.  Nutrien does those for us.  Those samples, taken on 5-acre grids, are sent off to a lab and the results guide our fertility applications.  Some of those applications are currently being made, and we hope to have all our granular fertility applied before the end of next month.

Grain markets have been rising in recent days.  That has allowed us to make some more fall sales, which has two good results.  1.)  This brings up our average corn and soybean price, and 2.) It frees up some of our on-farm storage so that we can hold the remainder of the harvested grain.

We are seeing faint glimpses of some sprouting wheat, but a rain is going to be needed to make it look good.

It has been a good week of harvest work.

Most nights, after stopping the combines, we use a leaf blower to remove the dust and chaff. We are hopeful that this reduces our chance of a combine fire.  Notice John wears a mask as he cleans.

Old Glory flies high above Carnahan & Sons. How beautiful against that clear blue October sky!

Larry sows some cover-crop oats in strips to protect the fields from erosion.

Have a wonderful weekend.



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