No rain this past week! The first half of the week was warm and humid, and by midweek, we were seeing cooler evenings. Could not have asked for a better weekend. It was sunny, breezy and beautiful. I saw lots of hay in windrows from MarshallCounty to LaGrangeCounty, some finishing up second cutting, while others were starting third cutting. Applications of insecticide and fungicide, scouting, ditching and seed dealers’ plot tours were seen, too.
As we wait to build on fresh concrete walls at the jobsite, we took some time to catch up on activities on and off the farm. I visited Louis Dreyfus Commodities in Claypool this past week, sold the last of 2018 soybeans to free up gravity wagons, so we could empty the ear corn cribs. We had four LaVille FFA members come out and help clean out the remaining corn from our 1,000-bushel Behlen round ear corn crib. The nearest feed elevator that still shells ear corn is in Topeka.
We had a great crowd and beautiful weather at Schrock Farms open house, I enjoyed meeting Ed Dowty of Syracuse and many others that enjoy reading this column. Thanks to seed dealer Brian Norris and his dad, Roger, for inviting me to attend the customer appreciation dinner at South Bend Cubs baseball game Wednesday. I spent the evening with friends, neighbors and Great Heart Seed customers for a great meal and discussed our crops and the markets amongst each other. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet Nels Kasey of Paris, Illinois, too.
The Cornhusking Association continues to prepare for contest, and the corn is barely starting to dent. This year, we will have Christina Paul of Micro Mini Farm bringing farm animals to our contest, so children can feed and pet the animals in the kids’ activity area. We hope to locate enough horse teams to pull all of our husking wagons.
Safe travels this coming Labor Day weekend as thousands hit the road to visit the Blueberry Festival in Plymouth and other destinations.