This past week, we juggled a large house roof tear-off, along with baling hay and straw. Normally, we don’t cram this much into one week, but the weather allowed us to accomplish so much and with the unknowns of how long I’ll be on jury duty, we felt the need to step up the workload. What started out as a simple layover, turned into a tear-off because the sheathing was rotten in so many places.

We thought tearing off 35-plus squares of shingles and getting it felted before ABC Warehouse showed up with shingles would be one of our biggest struggles. But instead we dealt with unbelievable heat and humidity. Make sure you know the signs and symptoms of heat: cramps, exhaustion and stroke. We found ourselves drinking a minimum of 3 gallons of water a day and taking lots of breaks, but after a couple days, we pushed ourselves a little too hard and felt lightheaded and nauseated.

Tuesday, we baled all of our second cutting alfalfa and grass. It was race track quality. Sold some right out of the field, but I think I’ll hang onto the rest and see how this year plays out. My neighbor, Greg Haas, cut my wheat, so I could keep roofing, and we baled all the straw in small squares on Saturday. The straw wasn’t very tall, but it was weed-free, and the moisture kept hovering around 15% on grain. For those that gave up on planting soybeans and went with the preventative plant weeks ago, makes me wonder why many gave up when several guys are double-cropping soybeans behind wheat.

Congratulations to Alexa Finke on her champion ewe at the FultonCounty 4-H fair.

Did some spot spraying of soybeans with some Flexstar to try and kill the problem areas of waterhemp. Next step is to cultivate. It won’t get the ones in the row, but hope to wipe the ones out between the rows. I believe this is my last year for Roundup Ready soybeans. Options are limited for resistant weeds. The corn, on the other hand, is looking better.

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