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Thursday, June 10, 2021

It is now the turn for the JD combine to come out of storage and be prepared for the upcoming wheat harvest.  The internal work for the JD is a bit more extensive than for CIH.   Once the transition is finished, it should perform very well in making a clean sample of grain in the tank.

The JD S780 comes out of storage to get prepared for wheat harvest.

There are two inserts to install under the front of the concave, and some cover strips to place over a portion of the separator grates.  It takes a contortion artist to install those strips, especially those on the right side of the separator.  I’m so glad for these younger farmers here, to get these modifications made!

Refueling is the first step today.

Once inside the shop, the outer gull wing doors are swung open

Next, we remove the inner covers of the concave and separator of the rotor.  This is the LH side of the combine.   The concave appears on the left side of the photo, the separator grates of the rotor appear at the right.

Brandon installs a separator grate cover, 12 on this left side.  The 8 covers for the right side are much harder to get into position.

These are the curved filler bars to be installed in the first two sections of the concave.  In the box are the 20 separator grate covers.  These will all be removed before fall harvest of corn and soybeans.  

After the combine receives its lubrication, it will be ready to hang the new header on the front for calibrations and testing.  The new header is not here yet, but should come any day now.

Our banker was here this morning to finish off the paperwork for our annual line of credit renewal.  It is always a pleasure to meet with Steve from ONB.  Our financial ratios have improved from the prospects we were observing last August.   Financial health still requires diligence and discipline, but we have a bit more optimism.  The concern is the rapidly rising cost of our inputs.  What will it cost to put out that 2022 crop?  There are many factors that are simply un-knowable just yet.   I guess that’s one of the many things that keeps farm life exciting!

Last night, I was able to observe some lightning bugs hovering over the soybean fields surrounding our home.  They haven’t reached peak performance yet… we can expect that once the first day of summer arrives.  But those little green blinking lights bring a smile to my face.  They are so beautiful anytime you can see them, but something very special when they reach their peak.

We thought we would have a dry day today, but we have received more rain, with showers off and on all afternoon.  Tomorrow, we are predicted to go above 90ºF (32C) for the first time this year!

The yard needs mowed, and we will get there as soon as it dries off again.

 

 

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