Shorter Days

tractor at sunrise

With the shorter days it is hard to get as much work done as we are used to. Though with so little rain, we do have all the anhydrous applied, the ground disked and or ripped. We have a few more sheds to haul manure out of. And one field to finish para-plowing. Next on the agenda will be to haul the corn out of the bins sometime in Dec. before the roads are closed to semis.

Can the bean save the day?

This little soybean was hanging from a cob web in the combine’s front window. Last year I didn’t have much good to say about beans. Much like most years. But this year has been different. The plants are maturing evenly. The stems are not tough. Plus the yields are pretty good for all the rain we have had. Fortunately, William decided to plant more beans this year. The corn yields are below average. They did not take the wet spring / summer as well as the beans. So hopefully with good yields and a decent price the bean will carry the day. (year)

Guess how much John Deere green is in this field?

After a rain last week these guys lined up their tractors and combines to wait for the ground to dry out. Can you guess how much money is in this row? Also which shot do you like better: the front or side?


I liked that last picture so much, I wanted to see what it would look like in HDR. What do you think?

Good Riddance to the old year!

Shall it ne’er be repeated. I did learn a few things about harvesting in the snow and ice. And what doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger or builds character or just makes us older or wish we died.  Can’t remember which.

I am so glad we got all the corn hauled out of the bins. Now the cows are starting to calve. The first calf was named Jalapeno. Looks like it will be a Jeff Dunham year for naming calves. William took the Greenstar monitor out of the cab of the combine and put it away in its case. You would think it was made of gold, the price of that thing. I also made an appointment to take the BGC in for its once a year check up. She was running good when we put her away but it’s good to have the guys give her a go thru to make sure everything is ready for next year.

50 acres and a Buck

Finally had a decent day yesterday. Took out about 50 acres. The fields are just starting to dry out enough to get thru. Started out behind the house and worked around some seeps in hills. The monitor was off. It said we had harvested a total of 70 acres but that field doesn’t have 70 acres in it. We ran out a big buck that survived another shotgun season. After leaving that field, we started across the road. This field had about 27 acres harvested previously. It was soft. And I cut a few ruts but was able to get thru it. The grain cart tore up the field some but it can’t be helped. It’s gotta come out.  William drove the semi and straight truck to fuel them up and fix a few lights. We are heading over to a field that is about 15 miles away. Our usual elevator won’t be open and has been closing around noon. Luckily we can take this field to another one. William ran over there to see how they dump the the corn since he has hauled there before. The good Lord is smiling on us. He took the rain out of the forecast for today.

A Long Haul

Saturday night in Terry’s field.
BGC sitting in a harvested field of soybeans.  We are close to getting all of Terry’s beans out.  With all the wet and cold weather this summer and fall, we are now getting deep into November for harvest.  Days are short and nights are long, but the crop has to get out.  This week we will haul some corn to the grain elevators until they get full between 10 am and 1 pm of wet corn (dryer can not dry it as fast as farmers can harvest it) and then harvest corn to go into our own drying bins and finish soybeans.  Usually this time of year the corn has naturally dried down to a level that it can be stored at, but not this year.  Harvested through mud Sunday and still have water standing in some fields.  This is a season for the record books, still waiting on that global warming.

Moon Over My Grain Cart

We found a field that was dry enough to get into. It is good to be going again. Had trouble with the head sensor. The head was bouncing. I couldn’t find the adjustment. So a quick phone call to L who informed me it was under the arm rest. That was easy. The semi lights kept flickering which turned out to be a bad cable. After running to get a replacement, William will fix that today. Also the straight truck’s alternator gave out. Taking that to Tuttle’s to work on. Even though we didn’t start ’til mid afternoon, we did take out almost 1/4 of the 160 acre field. After today though the elevators will begin to close early since they can only dry corn so fast. Ours was testing 22%. Most of what was going in from other fields was closer to 30.
I better get moving. William will call and ask where I’m at.
Wanted to add that the combine has a nifty light on the side for when the unloading auger is on. Just flip the switch for the turn signal you have more light to see where you are dumping corn.