Friday, July 23, 2021
Roadside mowing continues, along with other tasks. Brandon is sweeping wheat bins, and delivering loads of wheat to market at Newburgh. John has returned from vacation, and has resumed his spraying of soybeans, and double-crop soybeans (DCB). The DCB appearance is improving, as the nearly month-old beans begin to emerge above the straw stubble. This first application of herbicide over these will also improve their appearance, too–stopping the weeds!
Yesterday, H&R Agri-Power arrived to haul our CIH 8250 combine to their dealership. CIH is performing a significant upgrade to these machines, and this was H&R’s move to do so on our combine. The duals had to be removed to transport the combine, and that proved to be a more difficult task than we (and H&R) expected. After 3 failed attempts, they brought in a tool stout enough to remove the studs holding the big outer wheels to the combine! Away it went for the upgrade work.
We had a neat visitor yesterday. Joe Virgin of Clarks Hill, Indiana came by to introduce us to his business, Agrilytics. It was a real treat, for I have been following Joe on Twitter for a long time. He has a significant collection of antique John Deere tractors, and he often puts them to use on his farm. It is a treat to see how he has meticulously restored those machines to like-new status. He is a ‘star’ of #AgTwitter. It was neat to meet him IRL.
We are getting low on wheat inventory. Only one bin to sweep left to go. It has been a great crop this year, with good yield and superb quality. Wheat was fun this time! We are so grateful for a good wheat crop. PTL!
The Knox County Fair took place this week. It was cut back severely in 2020, with 4-H exhibits being judged… and that without the public in attendance. No public events. This year felt like normal, and the crowds turned out even more. Pat and I went to the 4-H goat show and that was really something. Four hours of competitions– dairy goats, pygmy goats, Boer goats, and market goats– culminating in the 3 age levels of Showmanship. The daughter of Pat’s cousin won the Intermediate Showmanship prize. Fun at the Fair!
We drove across southern Indiana on US50 on Wednesday to spend the day with my sister and BIL, Sheila and John Hobson of Rising Sun, Indiana. What a special day.
Late summer in SWIN. The crops look pretty good. We have another flood event from White River, and the damage may be a bit more extensive than the early June flooding. The river is not receding nearly as fast this time! Even so, we are hopeful as we move down the stretch of crop time for the summer and look ahead to fall harvest. It’ll be here soon.
Have a good weekend.