Monday through Wednesday, we heard tornado sirens around sunset as the humidity and heat would kick up a storm cell each night. The heat is finally here. I can’t believe the 4-H fair schedules are in full swing. It’s nearly impossible to have a mature soybean plant or cornstalk with ear and tassel, especially when the county fair starts at the end of June.
I visited the PulaskiCounty 4-H fair on Sunday afternoon. You couldn’t ask for a better setting, surrounded by the shade trees that encompass the town park with the TippecanoeRiver creating a horseshoe around it. I met with our promotional cornhusking director, Sue Nielsen, and her family that farm near U.S. 421 and SR 14 near Medaryville. I wasn’t sure if I’d know anyone else, but I soon ran into Auctioneer Gary Olsen of Winamac and Gary and Julie Kline that farm north of BruceLake.
Thursday, I helped rake 30-plus acres of hay for a friend near Linkville. The round baler pulled in at 6 p.m., the bale wrapper came around 9 p.m. and I took the tractor and rake home at 8 p.m. and came back with our skid steer, so I could load the wrapper while the other fella loaded wagons. We finished wrapping bales at 2:30 a.m. Friday morning.
Saturday, I attended Richard Lowry’s last Minneapolis Moline Collector Auction in Francesville. Aumann Auctions out of Illinois conducted a very well-organized auction of online and onsite bidding of tractors, a combine plus many new parts and precision farm toys. A few highlights were: 1948 MM UTC High Crop brought $12,750 — it was one of seven; 1973 MM G1355LP, $14,000; and a museum-quality 1967 MM 2890 combine with two-row head for $4,750. I shared the combine video with Machinery Pete.
Frick Services of Wyatt sprayed my corn and soybeans Saturday, too. The ideal window finally came, so we could hopefully keep waterhemp at bay. Hope to get 28 side-dressed this coming week, too. I heard from a few vendors at the farmers market in Plymouth that due to the wet spring, they are struggling to fill orders. Beehives are empty due to harsh winter temps and hives being destroyed due to flooding. Blueberries and raspberries are coming on strong in the area.