Most years we have finished our harvest by now and are all about getting manure put away in anticipation of the frozen ground that’s sure to come. This is not most years. We just got started chopping and that was a field of forage sorghum we planted early. The corn has been slow to mature and we will get at it in earnest this week provided the rain stays away. We have shifted our manure application and been working on applying on pastureland since the crop is still in the field.
We have seeded wheat in any and all available acres and it is growing nicely due to a couple of heavy rains that beat the seed into the ground. We will continue to seed wheat as the crop gets harvested, but it is October and the growing season is surely about to come to an end. We have about two thirds of our teff grass baled. I would leave it stand and just let the cows eat it off, but it’s so heavy I’m afraid they will trample it and waste what may be a valuable commodity later on this winter, so we will figure out a way to squeeze in a little baling time somewhere in the middle of chopping corn.
The fall rains have really kept pasture conditions in great shape and the cows and calves aren’t even on our radar screen. As long as they are happy out on pasture, they will get very little disturbance from us until harvest is over. Drew and I made a hasty run to Georgia and gathered up the last couple of loads of our southern calves and brought them home. Weaning on the truck isn’t what I’d normally promote, but it may be the best system we’ve used. The calves weaned off easy and went on feed right off the cow. We have them all out grazing now with some daily supplemental feed and they are doing super.
The feedlot is running along nicely with a steady stream of cattle both coming and going. Our customers in the south have been suffering with hot and dry and are shipping cattle to us as their pastures have played out. The market is inching its way back up after the packing house fire threw a wrench in the whole thing. There’s no lack of finding something to do. Be safe as harvest continues.