Friday, October 28, 2022
The great clean-up continues at Carnahan & Sons. Today, it’s time for the green combine. The first action on it was to take it out to a nearby field, and use the air compressor from the ThunderCreek Trailer to blow off the dust and debris. Then, it goes on the wash pad for a soaping and scrub brush. The final rinse makes it shine like new, which is our goal on cleaning day.
Not much remains to be cleaned. I think the JD 9520R tractor is the only thing that still needs a good wash. It saw no field action this fall, but got a pretty thick coating of dust just sitting in the open-front shed near the grain elevator!
Other things going on: The local Nutrien plant is quite busy working for us. Fertilizers are being spread on next year’s corn and soybean fields. A few select fields are getting ag lime today. Lime is a powdery substance that when applied raises the pH of the soil. The soil’s pH is a critical agronomic factor. It is the first consideration to get right, in order for all the fertility and the pesticide action to work properly!
We have a young neighbor, Dustin Hatton, who has brought his dozer over to perform maintenance on some of our terraces here at the main farm. He is doing a very good job. Our WASCoBs need a little sediment pushed out every few years. And every so often the terraces on contour need a little refurbishment. They are getting Dustin’s touch this week. Once he finishes his work, we no-till plant some rye as a cover crop on the freshly-turned soil to protect it from erosion this winter.
Lime going on today
It’s a pretty nice day, about 60ºF (15C). The cloudless skies reveal bright sunshine.
Have a great weekend.