Well, as quick as we got started, it seems things are coming to an end. We finished our first-crop soybean harvest this week. Surprisingly, we had better yields than we expected. Cannot really complain because we had a crop to harvest, but also knowing the poor planting conditions and lack of rain at the end of the season, we are very fortunate. We also got all the 2020 wheat planted. This has about got to be a record for us, as we don’t seem to get our wheat planted until late October normally, it seems. Now, as I type this, we are receiving a much-needed rain.
We don’t have a burn ban in place, but we could use one. A neighbor’s yard caught on fire yesterday while burning trash. The fields are very hard also. I believe we are amid a very concerning drought. I planted wheat in a couple places that hadn’t been dry enough to plant since 2012. Most tiles are dry, and ditches are not running. The rain we’re receiving is coming at just the right time. The good Lord will take care of us.
Corn harvest is progressing slowly. Corn is mostly still above 20% moisture, and yields are highly variable. The big thing that is sticking out as I talk to neighbors and customers is drainage. Drainage seems to be the only factor truly affecting the year. No matter the added sprayer passes, improved drainage is helping the most. We will hopefully begin working on helping improve more yields with tile the coming week. My combine vacation is basically over. Back to the real work.