2013 harvest time…the tribulations


This year’s harvest has had it’s fair share of trials and tribulations and it’s not over yet. It began with the late harvest due to the late planting. We are always racing against Old Man Winter. Then it was the question of do we harvest soybeans or corn first? So we did some corn, then we switched combine heads to do some soybeans, then when they got too wet, it was back to corn, then when that got too wet we switched heads and went back to soybeans, and so on and so forth. Wet corn and soybeans seems to be the theme this year. Our dryer is getting a real workout and we are testing its engineering. And it’s been trials and tribulations once again.

Because we have such variability in the field, our drying system then has to dry corn that can be at 17.5% moisture to 25%+ moisture content and spit it all out at a constant 17% for ideal storage. The trouble was and sort of is, the moisture sensor on our dryer kind went berserk. Another trial and tribulation (sigh).

So, we are taking out dried grain and bringing it to the elevator or ethanol plant where they utilize the corn right away so spoilage isn’t an issue. We are pretty sure where our troubled corn is, so we have been taking it out accordingly and mixing it with some drier grain. In addition, we have way too much corn! Not a bad problem to have! Despite the wet spring and the late planting, our yields are the best I’ve seen since I started helping my dad in 2003…or was it ’02? Anyway, it’s pretty awesome to see what genetically altered corn can do in difficult planting and growing situations. Hey, if its for ethanol, I’m all over it. But let’s leave the gmo topic for another day. I’m reveling in the fact that we have great yields and we all still love and respect each other!



Ok, so I know that the weather patterns in this part of the world are going to be volatile, but I really wish the threat of snow would lay off until November. We still have some acres of soybeans and corn to harvest yet and snow in mid October is an unpleasant surprise. So when I wake up tomorrow morning, there will be an inch of snow gathering in the ground. This could explain why I have seen so much wildlife out and about during the day yesterday and today. They must sense it.