Random acts of farming

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wow!  What a day!  The weather is a beautiful 72ºF (22C), and the sky is bright blue, with puffy clouds.  We say it looks like “Andy’s room in the Toy Story movies”.  It is just so very comfortable for a July day.  The humidity is gone and a gentle breeze is blowing.  I guess you could say it doesn’t get any better than this!  It’s quite a contrast to yesterday… when I went outside yesterday morning to retrieve the newspaper, my glasses fogged up from the humidity!

It’s nice to have such a day for Pat and me to celebrate our 36th anniversary.  It was a similar weather day 36 years ago, which was a Friday. But that Friday evening became quite warm and sticky when the guests packed into our little non-air-conditioned church building in Wheatland, Indiana.  It was hot in there for the ceremony.  Really, it doesn’t seem that long ago.   Today we celebrate the years together, and look forward to what the future may bring.

Random work is occurring at the farm today.

Haley is mowing the lane this morning, making the drive in and out of Carnahan and Sons more beautiful

Haley is mowing the lane this morning, making the drive in and out of Carnahan and Sons more beautiful

I'm off to Vincennes to the local NRCS office to submit some nutrient and pest management plan reports for our Lett and Watjen farm locations.

I’m off to Vincennes to the local NRCS (Natural Resource and Conservation Service) office to submit some nutrient and pest management plan reports for our Lett and Watjen farm locations.

Driving by the triangle field at the Waldo farm, I notice that the wheat stubble is disappearing under a canopy of beautiful DCB.

Driving by the triangle field at the Waldo farm, I notice that the wheat stubble is disappearing under a canopy of beautiful DCB (double-crop soybeans).

The DCB in the foreground are at the two hills location.  In the distance, you can see our grain facility.

The DCB in the foreground are at the two hills location.   In the distance, you can see our grain facility.

The flowers at the office were planted by Pat back in June.  They've stayed pretty nice all this time.  We water them almost every day, except when we get a rain.

The flowers at the farm office were planted by Pat back in June. They’ve stayed pretty nice all this time. We water them almost every day, except when God does it for us.

Brandon and Ross confer this morning about some pre-harvest work that needs done to the CIH 8230 combine.

Brandon and Ross confer this morning about some pre-harvest work that needs done to the CIH 8230 combine.

Soon, Brandon and Haley will get the ‘glamorous’ task of cleaning the old pit.  It’s a 2x/year task that no one really enjoys, but still it has to be done.

Check out a new YouTube post about last Saturday night’s rain, 1/2 inch (13mm).

Tomorrow, we’ll return to the roadside mowing with the 7130 and bush hog.  We must also get the JD S680 combine in the shop and remove some internal grates and filler plates from the concave.  Those are inserted for wheat harvest, but need to be removed for soybean and corn harvest.

Fall harvest is only about 6 weeks away…I saw Twitter photos today of corn harvesting in Texas that is already underway…

 

 

 

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