Tuesday, January 4, 2022

It’s colder today, with a bit of a breeze.  If the wind were calm, it wouldn’t be too bad out there, but the wind sorta cuts through.  Greg at our nearby Nutrien location notified us that he has most of the soybean seed now in his inventory.  He shared the seed sizes with us for those he has on hand.  With that information (the number of seeds per pound), I am able to create the planting prescriptions.  I have been working on that today.  It is just my kind of task…I can be in the office on this chilly day!

Each prescription for each field is written one at a time, with a separate prescription for each variety that is possible to go into each field.  Each soil type is assigned a productivity level–low, average, and high–which corresponds to a seeding population.   Seed rates for soybeans are counter-intuitive, meaning the better the productivity level of the soil, the lower the population is assigned to it.   Each field has from one to nine soil types.

The prescription program is integrated into JD Operations Center, and that makes it very convenient.  Although it can become a bit tedious, it is not difficult.  We are still missing the seed size for one soybean variety, and when that comes, I can finish off creating these planting prescriptions.  Once finalized, these will be transferred wirelessly to the 4640 screen/controller inside the JD 9520 tractor–which is the one that pulls the soybean air drill.

I use the crop plan, a chart of each field’s soil types, and the individual variety’s seed size to input into the Agrian Prescription Creator, which is embedded within JD Operations Center.

Several days ago, the lift assist springs on the big overhead door of our shop broke.  We could not open the door to get anything in or out until it got fixed.  We called our local Overhead Door contractor and he got right on it.   The hold-up was actually getting the long coil springs.  We had to pay a premium to get the springs in 1 week, rather than wait 10 weeks for replacement springs.  Oh, the supply chain hiccups!  But, even so, the Overhead Door guys came today and made the repair.  It’s working great now!   We have a shop available again.  We just could not wait 10 weeks.  The corn planter needs to come inside asap to get the opener disc blades replaced.  And, of course, when John gets some more of the components of the water tender trailer to arrive, that will come back into the shop, too.

It took 3 guys to replace those big springs, which were about 6″ in diameter and 4 feet long

We are sending soybeans to ADM at Newburgh, Indiana, down on the Ohio River.  The lines are pretty long, making Bill and Brandon wait to get unloaded.  Those lines will diminish over the course of January.  But right now, many farmers are, like us, sending grain to market.  Corn is going to GPC at Washington, Indiana

The building permit came for the new grain bin.  There is no county building inspector, but the permit was required.

Yeah, it’s cold out there today, but even more cold is on its way.  Thursday night is predicted to get down to 5ºF (-15C).   Better be ready to bundle up!  The good news is that we may get some snow.   If it’s gonna be that cold, I’d prefer to have a blanket of snow to cover the wheat crop.  Of course, we will take what we get, and make the best of it.

I’m so grateful for a warm shop to work and a warm home.

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