Corn harvest begins

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The harvest days this week have been spectacularly beautiful.  We started harvesting corn on Monday.  We picked our mailbox field at home, then moved to near Wheatland.  We worked there Tuesday and Wednesday, harvesting the corn on Newman and Steen.  We finished there last evening, and moved the combines home.

Here, we're

Here, we’re “opening up” the first field on Monday morning.

Beginning at the Steen farm, big field. This is what it looks like from the driver's seat in the JD S680

Beginning at the Steen farm, big field. This is what it looks like from the driver’s seat in the JD S680

Wrapping up the final rows at the Steen farm, south of Wheatland, along US 50. You can see Ross in the CIH 8230 unloading on-the-go into the Demco 1350 grain cart pulled by Brandon in the JD 9360R

Wrapping up the final rows at the Steen farm, south of Wheatland, along US 50. You can see Ross in the CIH 8230 unloading on-the-go into the Demco 1350 grain cart pulled by Brandon in the JD 9360R

We will make a quick survey this morning to see if any soybeans are ready to cut.  If so, we’ll switch over to soybeans.   But if they’re not ready, we’ll go to the Cox farm for some more corn.

The combines have been running well, and we are grateful.  We had a couple ‘bugs’ on the first day, but nothing big.  My friend Eric Carter says he thinks next year, he’ll not have a ‘first day’ of harvest with it’s surprises.  He says he’ll start on a ‘second day’!  That certainly has some appeal!

Corn yields have been kinda what we expected: not stellar.  The pictures captured by the drone in August tipped us off that the crop was damaged by the flooding of June and July, and that we should expect lower yields.  The good yields of our ’13 and ’14 harvests raised our expectations, so this year’s corn crop is a ‘dose of reality’.  These numbers would have been satisfactory a decade ago, but these days, a bit of a let-down.

We do have corn to harvest, and one can always know the situation could be worse.

 

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