I was hoping to have a celebratory end of harvest 2018 column this week. However, the warming temperatures, rain and now snow have foiled that plan. I would estimate we have 65 to 70 acres total to go, spread across five fields. It will be a little jumping around to get it all finished. We were able to get a number of acres covered last week, but when the temperature reached 47 degrees on Friday, it took the frost away and we were doing more damage with ruts sinking into the soft, wet ground getting loads out of the field, so we decided to quit and wait to finish when it freezes again.

We did take advantage of the warm temperatures to wash the mud and dirt off the tractors and wagons, so they are fairly clean before it gets cold. We had rain overnight Friday. Saturday started overcast and cleared up the rest of day. We emptied out our wet bins through the dryer on Saturday, so we will have plenty of room for corn when we can get back out there.

We had a very nice family Thanksgiving on Saturday. My sisters and their significant others were all home along with my aunt and uncle we farm with joining us for dinner, as well. Then came the snow and high winds Saturday night into Sunday morning. We have about 2 inches at our farm, but the snow levels vastly vary across the region. Ten to 15 miles south of us had about a foot of snow. Ten to 15 miles north didn’t have a single flake. If the snow is as varied as the rain was this growing season, we are in for quite the rollercoaster of a winter.

Thank you for following along this year with what is happening in far northern Illinois. It’s been a pleasure sharing what has been happening in the fields and the communities of this region this year. I have appreciated those of you that stop and say hello at meetings, fairs and festivals. I also really enjoyed receiving a few letters and cards this year. If you find yourself in Stephenson County, stop by and say hello. Visitors are always welcome at Meier Grain and Livestock Farms. Thank you once again for this opportunity. It’s been a pleasure. May you have a blessed holiday season surrounded by family and friends.

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