Tuesday felt like Monday, and Friday felt like Saturday. Did your Labor Day leave you questioning what day of the week it was? Looking back at this past week, or even further, I was recalling what took place. Well, we really cannot account for too many field activities or crop progress. It’s been somewhat cooler than normal lately, and very little, if any, precipitation has been measurable. I forced myself to take Labor Day off and do some fishing at PotatoCreekState Park. I must have found a popular fishing spot for farmers. I saw a hat on the ground next to me for several hours, so upon leaving I flipped it over and it was a Beck’s hat. I had my Pioneer hat on, but it didn’t matter what hat a person wore because the fish were just not biting.

Tuesday, we had cool, fall-like temps with a light rain and wind gusts in excess of 45 mph. Well, that pretty much knocked all the apples off of mom’s fruit trees. The cows got a few baskets of damaged apples. The rest were made into applesauce.

As we look at the future days of harvest awaiting us, I discovered some interesting commodity prices for soybeans on the grain bin door: Oct. 17, 2002, at $5.18; Oct. 8, 2011, at $11.05; and Oct. 18, 2012, at $15.25. Well, if history does repeat itself, I hope we see some increase in commodity prices soon, but I fear it’s looking more like 2002 again.

I’d like to thank Jason Helmuth and the organizers of the ninth annual Rentown Old Fashion Days. Too many generations have lost touch with the farm life, so we must continue to educate the next generation to be keep history alive, so these practices of the past are handed down and not lost. The Indiana Cornhusking Association displayed a husking wagon with our banner and sold promotional items and discussed the annual contest with show visitors. This show benefits the RollingMeadowSchool and allows Amish merchants and other businesses and organizations the opportunity to promote their business and let visitors sample their products. Exhibitors covered a machinery field with at least 75 antique and steam-powered tractors, hit-n-miss engines and dozens of demonstrations.

Coming up soon: Sept 20-22 is the Allis-Chalmers Power Show in LaPorte and Sept. 27-29 is the Porter County Power Show in Valparaiso.

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