#harvest 22 is in the books

Saturday, October 22, 2022

We finished the fall harvest yesterday about noon.  We were in the Steen Hill field.  It was a brilliant and bright day, with a little wind and good field conditions.  It has been so very dry throughout the fall harvest season.  Those dry conditions are making it difficult for the 2023 wheat to get started, but also make for  a much easier harvest.  You can drive your trucks out in the fields, taking them close to the combines’ action, making it more efficient for the grain cart operator to keep the combines moving.

Looking back over the past one month and one day of harvest activity, (we started Tuesday, September 20) we did experience a few ‘bumps’ along the way… but those are to be expected in any fall harvest.  There are things that occur that you just cannot anticipate.  We had a truck in a ditch, some spills in the field with the grain cart, a broken snout on each corn head, and a few flat tires.   We rolled with the punches.   No one was hurt.  We must remember that we have only one ‘rookie’ on this very veteran team.  And that rookie brought a good attitude when he showed up early every day.  So, we can say this was a very good harvest.

The yields were affected by the July flooding, and the fall drought.  But the effects were not severe enough to qualify any of our fields for a crop insurance yield claim.  In fact, the final corn yield was the second-best I can remember.  Soybean yields were below the recent years’ APH, but still decent.  The DCB made 49 bpa, and that was a second-best number, too.   And if we look back a few months, we can recall our wheat crop in June was the best-ever!  In fact, we learned last week that the wheat field we entered into a national yield contest, was the top winner for the State of Indiana, and 13th-best in the USA.   So, we are grateful for the results.  It’s always amazing how our Maker provides, no matter what.  It’s easy in this post-harvest period to wax a bit philosophical about the results of our year’s work.

I think today about how everyone went ‘above and beyond’ to get this crop brought in.  We had help from Ross’ widow Rhoda, who spent hours and hours operating the grain cart. She pulled headers as we moved the machines from field to field.  We had Bill (a retired farmer) coming in the dark each morning to take a load off to Newburgh, Indiana or over to GPC at Washington.   Jake, the newest team member, also arrived early each morning to make a truck trip to Newburgh, or wherever we needed.  He was also a skilled operator of the grain cart.  Larry, who is working through his 55th year with us, planted the wheat crop, and came every day to drive trucks, or plant cover crops, or whatever we needed.   John ran the dryer and elevator, which is a monumental job, and often required staying into the wee hours of the morning to make sure the dryer unloaded into the proper storage bin.  He was also on demand for any field repair that came up.  He is the guy we call when we cannot fix it ourselves… he arrives with a pickup loaded with just the right tools, and the strength and know-how to get you going again.  (In fact, as I write this on Saturday morning, John is off to help Larry with a flat tire on the disk.)  Brandon ran the red combine, and made the extra effort to direct the trucks where they needed to go.   That is often a complex matrix of contracts, deliveries, and drivers.  Seemed like the trucks then showed up at the field  at just the right time to keep the field harvest work flowing pretty smoothly.  My task, in addition to running the green combine, was to take care of all the paperwork each morning, documenting the previous day’s harvest, and making sure the settlement sheets corresponded to each delivered load, and that all that information reconciles with the bank.  And, I get to make sure each bill gets paid on time, and that the Friday payroll goes out to the employees.  It’s feels complex during the busy season, but with each of us performing our tasks, it seems to pull together.


Here are some recent pictures from the last few days of #harvest22.

Unloading some soybeans into the grain cart.

Hutson brought us an X9 demonstrator for a day.  It was fun to watch that 50-foot header do its work.

Jake working the grain cart

View from the driver’s seat while unloading

Working at Steen Hill, the last field for the fall.

Brandon getting the last of the 2022 corn

How it looked to bring in those last rows of corn.

The last hopper of ’22 corn goes into the grain cart…

The evening of our final harvest day was a beauty.

On our plate now, is the fall fertility program.  Choosing and scheduling the fall application of lime, phosphorus, and potassium, along with micronutrients.   Along with that goes the year-end tax planning for our FYE November 30.   There are still some grain deliveries to make this month, and early next month.  The office is a busy place after harvest!  We will be meeting with our seed advisors soon to choose the seed for the 2023 corn and soybeans.   The work rolls on!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Praise the Good Lord for another safe and bountiful harvest.


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