Well, we’ve waited five months to see what we planted in somewhat marginal seedbeds to finally mature, and here we are burning the midnight oil with candle power burning bright — as we are trying to beat the next rain, just like we did back in May. Since I do not own my own combine yet, I’m at the mercy of others. We do pick most of our corn on the ear, or shell it with the NI picker and sheller. Thankfully, Ryan Maenhaut was able to cut 25 acres of soybeans, so I could get some wheat planted. Then Davenport Farms cut the remaining soybeans midweek, so I could finish planting the rest of the wheat. This year, I used Croplan CP9415 wheat seed from Co-Alliance in Argos.

Every day with the exception of one was spent in the fields either harvesting corn and soybeans, spreading fertilizer, delivering grain to Cargill, raking 42 acres of hay for a customer, chiseling soybean stubble and disking prior to sowing wheat. Even found four hours to help my brother set trusses on the main house. Wednesday was a rainy and gloomy day, which allowed us to catch up on repairs and run over to Mullet Machinery for NI picker parts.

Haven’t had a chance to average grain tickets yet to see how corn is yielding. Soybeans averaged between 50 and 65 bushels to the acre. With soybean harvest and wheat planting complete, we are focusing on corn before severe storms roll in Monday. Later next week, we plan to chop stalks and hopefully bale cornstalks. We are 40% done with corn.

This weekend, Indiana huskers stormed Gothenburg, Nebraska, at Nationals where Ted Richard of Rochester took first place in Men’s Open Class, husking 674.7 pounds in 30 minutes. His grandson, Gage, took first place in Boys 14 & Under, and his friend, Marshall Finke, placed second.

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