Back at it

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

We returned to harvest on Monday.  We moved to our most distant location, the Freddie farm-13 miles from home base, and started in the corn there.  We had a good and big two days there, and finished it off late Tuesday night.  The best news was that the corn was <16% moisture, and we did not have to run it through the dryer.  Also, when the timing worked out, we could deliver a few loads directly to appointments at GPC!    The corn bins at home are filled, and we need to haul out about 15-20 truckloads in order to finish the last remaining corn field.  Yes, we are down to one farm left for corn harvest!

Because of the sunshine and warmer temps this week, we will return to the soybean harvest this afternoon.  We spent the morning moving the combines and grain cart (other names are “auger wagon”, “auger cart”, “grain shuttle”, and -one I heard from an Aussie- “chaser bin”)  to the Burke farm location.  We expect to cut dry (<13% moisture) soybeans there today.

Opening up the Freddie farm. It’s our most distant and largest single-field location. 309.99 acres

Although there is a slough we must work around at a diagonal in the middle of the field, on each side of this farm, there are some mile-long rows.

Yes, this combine’s ‘Gold Key’ is not in a cabinet or drawer. I decided at my age, that I was gonna use it! And more than that, I pulled the plastic off the seats of this combine. I’m gonna enjoy that heated and cooled leather seat!

The full moon last night was spectacular!   I think the weather guys call this a “hunter’s moon”.  It was easy to see to get around last night by the super-bright moonlight.

Lime and fertilizer are getting applied by the folks at Nutrien for the 2022 corn and soybean crops.  The expense for that has gone up considerably, but we anticipate the cost-benefit ratio of that investment will be adequately on the plus side.  They occasionally have to wait for the lime deliveries from the quarry–which seem to come in spurts– but I think Nutrien has enough inventory of granular fertility materials to get us supplied.  The topsy-turvy world of supply chains are even affected in agriculture!

Let’s hope the weather gives us a few days to march through some acres of soybeans.  We need 3-4 to get the regular soybeans cut, then about 3 more good days to cut the double-crop soybeans (DCB).

It’s certainly a beautiful October day.  Clear blue skies, warm temps.  Nice.   PTL!




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