Wheat 18

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wheat harvest wrapped up Monday evening.  It was perhaps a bit disappointing as we were harvesting.  We had not produced wheat since 2014, and we had been hearing neighbors speak about their 100-bushel wheat in the past few years.  Every time we inspected the crop since February, we were quite optimistic about the prospect for a very good yield.  Our results were a tick over 79 bpa, for the whole crop, although depending on the location, the fields yielded from 63 to 88 bpa.  If we compare these yield numbers to our previous experience, we’d say, “that’s pretty good”.   The bad point on this crop, was that our harvest was delayed by rain, and that dinged the test weight.  So it was a mixed bag.  But it’s nice to have a little income stream in the middle of the summer.

Here, at the Ross farm, you can see the 8230 and the grain cart working in the lower part of this field.

As you can see in the mirror, the chopper spreads the crop residue fairly uniformly behind the combine

The combines ran well… Ross needed a mechanic to come Monday to repair his automatic steering on the C-IH 8230.  He says he’s more tired at the end of  the day when he has to actually ‘steer’ his combine!  I understand that!  The temperatures during the wheat harvest ran in the mid 90s, with very high humidity.  I have always said, if the A/C does not work in the combine, I’m ‘broke down’ until that gets fixed!  Don’t think I could sit inside that glass box in those conditions without A/C…

Tuesday and Wednesday I spent planting double-crop soybeans (DCB) into the wheat stubble and straw.  I had some difficulty getting the drill openers to cut through the straw in those small places where the wheat was down, and had to be cut close to the ground, making for thicker straw residue.  But I am hopeful that we will get a pretty good stand of soybeans to come up.  It’s raining again today, and that should help sprout those beans quickly, especially when it’s this warm.

These long rows at the Steen Hill field planted quite well.

On Tuesday, I had a visit from our banker, Steve Blinn of Old National Bank. After signing some papers, he spent some time with me as I planted DCB.

This is what I’m watching as I plant DCB.  In the foreground is the Gen 4 monitor screen, and just above it is the iPad with Fieldview operating. The Gen 4 operates quite differently from the familiar GS 2630s we use in other JD machines. The Fieldview works well to consolidate information from both the C-IH and JD systems.

Late in the day Wednesday, rain was threatening all around, but never hit where I was planting

Yesterday was our mom Ruth Carnahan’s 103rd birthday.  She rarely got to celebrate her birthday on the correct date… it was always wheat harvest or bean planting or some such work that interfered with it.  But she was a remarkable and kind person and we miss her.  It is now about 15 years since she passed away.  Her influence on us remains.

We will make a tour today to see where we need to replant soybeans that were damaged/killed by last week’s heavy rainfall.   We did receive 6.2″ in that 3-day rain event!  The air drill remains hooked up to the 9520R tractor until…

Tonight, we’ll attend this year’s Indiana Master Farmer award banquet.  We have a local Knox County farmer, Jim Farris, who will be one of the recipients.   It’s hard to believe it’s been 17 years since I received that award.  2001 seems so long ago now!



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‘nother rain

Friday, June 15, 2018

Early this morning, about breakfast time, we received another light rain.  This is on top of the one we got on Wednesday evening, which brought us about a half inch (13mm).   6.2 inches (157 mm) this month, so far!  June has been a wet one, and today it is pretty hot and humid.  We had planned to begin wheat harvest on the 12th (Tuesday), but the rainy spell put that off for several days.  We’ll check tomorrow to see if the fields will support the combines, and if the wheat itself is dry enough to cut.  By now, I thought the wheat would be in the bins, and we’d be concentrating on getting the double-crop soybeans (DCB) planted.  But the weather had a different plan, and we must adjust to the conditions.

In other news, today marks the 15th anniversary of the day  Wheatland Christian Church moved into our new building near US 50 at Wheatland, Indiana.  Great memories.

Have a good weekend.  Keep cool in this steamy weather.

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Rainy weekend

Monday, June 11, 2018

We were awakened this morning, not by the alarm clock, but by the booming sounds of thunder.  It brought additional rain to add to the total from Saturday and Sunday.   So far in this rain event, we’ve received 3.8″(97mm).  Before the weekend, we were getting dry again, and the corn was ‘rolling’ (some people call it ‘pineapple’ corn) in the heat of the afternoons.  But now, we are hoping for a dry week or ten days… the wheat crop is nearly ready, and will likely be fully ripe and mature by the time the soils dry again.  Before the rainy weekend, we had planned to begin wheat harvest on Tuesday.

The corn is really liking this moisture. But it can stop for a while now…

Our town is showing on the Weather Channel this morning. See “Vincennes” near the bottom of the screen? A storm is coming…again.

When that storm arrived, it rained pretty hard for several minutes.

We will pray for a stretch of dry days to get the wheat crop cut.

Here is this week’s forecast…

Still, we are grateful for the rain, and we will see what the coming days bring us…

Have a good week.



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Almost here…

Friday, June 8, 2018


John has the soybean herbicide (first post) application complete.   The corn is ‘laid by.’  Therefore, today we turn our attention more fully to prepping for wheat harvest.  Ross has gone to sample some heads of wheat in the fields, and he is saying the combines will run on Monday or Tuesday.   Good news.  It certainly ‘feels like’ wheat harvest time in SWIN…. hot and humid.

The CIH 8230 combine has come into the shop to install special concaves for wheat, and to be serviced and lubricated ahead of wheat harvest.

We worked on the JD S680 outside, because we had already done most of the internal changes on Monday of this week. (When it was much cooler!)  It’s now ready for attaching the 640FD header and going to work!

Brandon has the trucks serviced and fully prepared.  The MacDon FD75 header and the JD 640FD are serviced and ready.  All that remains is to hook up the Demco grain cart to the JD 9360R tractor.

Also today, the guys from Montgomery Welding completed installing the staff for the USA flag that we display at the top of our new grain leg.  A storm tore down the flag’s staff  last fall, and we did not have one displayed up high..until today.  John is preparing the nighttime illumination for ‘Old Glory’.

The USA flag flies proudly high above Carnahan & Sons once again!

So, lookout wheat!  We’re comin’ to get you next week!   Should take 3-4 days.

Have a pleasant weekend, everyone.

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Diverse tasks

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

John is out in the JD 4730 sprayer, hunting and pecking on places to apply post herbicide to soybeans.  He is working diligently to apply a blend of herbicides that includes Roundup Weathermax, Warrant, and Extendimax (dicamba).   The new label restrictions on the dicamba portion has him sometimes perplexed.  He has had occasions this week when he sprayed only a portion of a field, and marked it for a return when the wind direction was more favorable.  So, this June, it is a bit more complicated, but John is the kind of farmer who wants to get it exactly right… and be a good neighbor to the adjoining farmers.  He has communicated extensively with each one to understand what are the traits of the crops in adjoining fields.  And now he is working his way through not only the weed situation in our own fields, but also the label requirements to eliminate dicamba drift to any neighbor.

The crew is back from Montgomery Welding again today to install even more downspouts on the new leg.  The inner belt with buckets has been set in place, and it is operable.  We are confident this system will be functioning for our wheat harvest… only a couple weeks off.

The pipe to the number 4 bin is being lifted into place. It will be bolted into place at the top, then trimmed and fitted precisely to the #4 bin roof.

Brandon and I began yesterday to prepare the combines for wheat harvest.  The temperature never got out of the 70s, so it was really comfortable for doing that outdoors.  We worked on the JD S680 to install some filler-grates under the concave and some separator covers (12 of ’em) along the sides of the rotor.  The JD 640FD header required the installation of several lock-up bolts to make the cutterbar rigid.   To fully utilize the automatic header height in wheat, we will use the 3 ‘feeler’ sensors that we will unlock and drop into place as we enter each field.   We are still searching for a neighbor to bale up our straw, but if we find no takers, we will pull the choppers back into place on the rear of the combines, and chop and spread the straw.   It’s just easier to plant the double-crop soybeans (DCB) if the mat of straw is removed by baling.

We checked on the replanted acres from last Monday and Tuesday, and we are happy to report those beans are emerging and looking pretty nice.  The rain provided by tropical storm Alberto made the difference.

The soybean planter is ready for DCB and we have secured the needed seed for that.

We have many roadsides that are begging for the bush hog to come and make them look better.  That will probably not take place until after wheat harvest.

Pat and I had a pleasant time last Friday night when we met our son Ben in St. Louis and took in a Cardinals’ game.  It was great to be with Ben, even if the Cardinals had a lackluster night.  Ben is out there in StL for two full weeks of intensive training and testing– that is one of the next steps for him to move from First Officer to Captain for Republic Airways.   He is working very diligently to take that important step in his career as a pilot.

We attempted a ‘selfie’ after the game, out on Clark Street between the Stadium and Ballpark Village.

Brandon reports he had a successful weekend at a major horse show event in Cloverdale, Indiana .  And John and Ashley’s daughter Ella performed in her annual dance/cheer recital.  Grandma and Grandpa enjoyed that for sure.

Have a pleasant day…



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Nice rain, huh?

Thursday, May 31, 2018

After an extended dry spell, for nearly the entire month of May, we got a nice rain over the past couple days.  It began Tuesday evening, and looks like the last of it came this morning.  All told, we received about 1.2″ (30mm) of rain during this event.  It was certainly welcome.  Because the rain was mostly gentle, without driving and pounding winds, the soon-to-be-harvested wheat is still standing pretty well.  You can see a definite improvement in the appearance of the corn and soybeans.  It will certainly jump-start our replanted soybeans put in on Monday and Tuesday.   There is a palpable sense of relief and celebration in the farmers around SWIN.

Thank You to our Maker for sending #Alberto to bring the crops of SWIN a much-needed, refreshing drink.


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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Yesterday saw the wrap-up of a couple days’ replanting soybeans.  The planting done on May 10 and 11 was done in the White River bottomlands, and the dry and hot weather since then led to a poor stand of soybeans.  So, we made the replant decision… but we knew it was not productive to plant until we received some rain.  With the remnants of TS Alberto predicted for today, we used Monday and Tuesday to replant soybeans–518 acres in all.

Here at the Freddie farm, had to replant 254 of the 310 acres.

At the Nellie field, there was larger areas of soybeans with an adequate stand.

After #replant18 wrapped up, I was headed west on US 50 towards home, and the sky was turning dark in the southeast as TS Alberto approached.

As of 11 am today, we have received .96″ (24mm) of rain.



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