As I finished up planting corn on Monday, I noticed the vegetation at the far end of the farm was cooked in the fencerow between me and my neighbor. So, upon further investigating, I noticed in my free time I can build and replace seven rod of fence and install new posts that will hold up against an anhydrous toolbar applicator. I had issues with one marker arm on the JD 7000 6RN toward end of planting, but found the cable was hanging on by a strand. Not bad for a planter that set for 10 years.

All of the soybeans are all in 30-inch rows and half of the corn acres, as well. We planted the rest of the corn in 36-inch rows. Everything is up and looks good. Wednesday morning, I picked up a steel FFA emblem that I purchased from Northwood FFA, and I had EB Enterprises in Nappanee do a powder coating on it in safety yellow. It turned out awesome. I wish I could share a picture of it.

I started cutting hay on Wednesday. Saw lot of tame coyotes, a mother doe and a set of twins, plus too many rabbits to count. Thursday, I cut more hay. I didn’t know whether to stop or keep going. But with humidity at 34% and a strong northeast wind, we took a chance and cut it all, scattered hay with the tedder twice and raked it. Excellent drying in less than 24 hours. We baled around 500 small bales on Friday, and Enos Zimmerman rolled over 145 4x5 round bales.

For many, including myself, the stress of wondering when, or if, fields will ever dry out, we must all come to grips that God will provide. We must be patient in the timing and put our trust in him. This past week, we had a great stretch of weather. A lot of farmers were planting around-the-clock.

As I was cutting hay Thursday, my Case International 2294 was dripping hytran on the exhaust manifold. Luckily, I saw it before we had a bigger problem. So, I resorted to the IH 826. I knew it had a break on the inside sidewall well. It blew while I was raking, and the IH 806 worked fine the days before, but had dead battery. Luckily, Matt Gilsinger brought a new John Deere 5075E tractor 75HP with MFWD out for me to try. The timing couldn’t have been better as I was down to the last tractor. We stacked and salted small squares in the barn, put some round bales in driveway of corncrib and wrapped the rest due to lack of space. It rained all day Sunday, so I’m glad Jackson Jones was able to work us in on Saturday and wrapped our remaining round bales with his new H&S in-line bale wrapper.

I’m planning to attend Pinney Purdue Ag Center’s 100th centennial celebration on June 22.

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