Jobs at the end of May

Thursday, May 27, 2021

John is out with the sprayer, applying a post-emergence herbicide treatment on corn.  I think he is in the last corn field today, down at the Freddie farm.  He is very cautious about spraying if there is wind, making certain that he does not damage the neighbors’ crops.  The wind is quite low right now, making it more feasible to apply this treatment.  Hopefully, the conditions will allow him to complete this task today.  He will return to applying post herbicides to soybeans next week.

After a quick refill from the water truck parked at the Huey quonset, John is off to spray at the Holscher farm. This was yesterday evening.

In addition to working the water truck to support the sprayer, Brandon has been delivering a few loads of corn to market, down at Evansville.  The river market (Ohio River) has been quite competitive lately, and that’s why we are delivering there, about an hour away.

The Kenworth has gone undergone extensive repair work, but it is road-ready now, and Brandon says it is great to drive. Powerful.

I have spent some time mowing roadsides with the new 6130R tractor and the R15 cutter.  Most of that is now wrapped up, until after wheat harvest.  I’ll hit it again in early July, and mow the roadsides and the riparian strips along our main ditches.


Each evening, after a day’s mowing, I use a blower to remove the debris from the top of the cutter.

Of course, every 5-7 days, this little beauty needs to run.

And yes, after every mowing session, we blow the debris off the mower, and then wash it.

Even though it is foggy morning, the work moves ahead, day by day.  Wheat harvest is approaching, about 3 1/2 to 4 weeks away.  We think we can begin to see just a hint of the wheat beginning to ‘turn’ (change from green to the beautiful golden color).   The combines will come out of storage soon to prepare them for that harvest time!  We are hopeful about the wheat.

Yesterday morning’s rain was very spotty.  Here at the main farm, we received .02″(.5mm), and (according to Fieldview) a few fields received .3″ (7mm).  No, it’s not critical yet, but a good, all-day inch of rain would be a happy event!  It’s amazing how you can go from too wet to too dry pretty quick.

The official ‘state flower’ of Indiana is the peony.  They are in full bloom right now, and they are beautiful in appearance and fragrance.  Many people simplify the name to call them “pineys” (PIE-nees).  I’m not sure where that originated, maybe it is just from rural Indiana!  We have in our yard some peonies that were in my grandmother’s yard.  Those are pretty special for sentimental reasons.   When Pat cuts some to bring into the house, the aroma is terrific.

The peony, State Flower of Indiana…and these are from my Grandma Carnahan’s yard, probably more than 60 years old.


Monday is Memorial Day.  In Indiana, it’s “race day”!  Our son Ben and his wife Kierstin will be going to the 500.  I can remember when Memorial Day was always May 30th.  Back in those days before Monday holidays, the 500 was always held on the 30th, unless it fell on a Sunday, then it was moved to May 31.  Nowadays, with the holiday always being on a Monday, the 500 is held exclusively on Sunday of that weekend.  My, how things have changed.

Mom called this holiday “Decoration Day”, for it was a time to decorate the family graves in the cemetery.  She would clean the gravestones and adorn them with flowers.  Pat continues this tradition.

Have a good Memorial Day weekend.

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