The view from a hot air balloon is probably breathtaking. It was definitely a surprise to me as I pulled out of the barn with the skid loader to see a large balloon about 30 feet off the ground hovering over the cow pasture next to me as the cows were spooked and running. Had the tractor and spreader not been in the lane across the road, I’d imagine they would have driven on back to follow the balloon and recover it from one of my hay or soybean fields. Instead, they kept it in the air and drifted another mile north to another farmer’s cornfield.

My brother and I started laying out the perimeters for a house we are framing, but had to remove couple tree stumps first. After operating a Link-Belt 210LX excavator, it will be an adjustment using a mini excavator from now on. I had a couple days off from the jobsite to finish spraying soybeans one last time for grass and spider mites.

The soybeans on plowed ground are practically weed free compared to the minimum and no-tilled soybeans. So, I cultivated the rest of the soybeans that I knew would not be affected by chemicals. Some of the earlier soybeans have already canopied. Most of the corn is tasseled except for the replanted acres. I cleaned the sprayer up and winterized it for the year. Any other applications will be made by air. Also spread manure on wheat stubbles, then plowed and disked wheat stubbles in preparation to plant a new alfalfa seeding. I was surprised how easily it turned over and created a very nice seedbed.

Saturday, I took a drive to Peru to look at a farm auction, then continued west on SR 16, through Lucerne and RoyalCenter. As I continued north on SR 35, I saw a sign that said table rest stop ahead. There it was in Thornhope, two picnic tables under shade trees just south of StarCity on the east side of the highway across from the Panhandle Pathway Trail and the grain elevator. Olsen’s consignment auction was my next stop.

Good luck to all the 4-H members headed to Indiana State Fair.

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