Man, it’s been humid out this week. Felt like we were swimming through the air. This last week seemed like a short week, but yet a long one, too, with the county fair in full swing along with wheat harvest. There is never a shortage of events to be at. My second oldest niece started 4-H this year. So, she showed pigs. Now, there is rumor her sister wants to show goats next year. Well, that will be a new one. We have showed cats, cattle, pigs and rabbits, but never goats. She had fun, and has her sisters and cousins all interested in showing, just like my brother and I did.
We have slowly been chopping away at the wheat acres between rain showers. Very spotty pop-up showers have been are biggest issue. The one evening we got shut down not because of rain on the combine, but because there was so much rain at our grain facility they couldn’t unload trucks without getting water in the pit. We got a solid half-inch that night, but nothing anywhere else. We have been seeing less than expected yields. But with the cool wet weather we have been having, it’s to be expected. Hopefully, the straw will all get baled this week. Everything we have cut has been windrowed. But, due to green stem, we had to hold off the baler crew.
We have been getting the beans post sprayed. That has been a bit of an issue as we try to dodge rain showers and breakdowns. Luckily, we still had our floater tires on the sprayer from the spring, and that has allowed us to be able to get across the fields without ruts.
The Fourth of July came and went with plenty of fun swimming and hanging out with friends. This is the first one in several years that we haven’t worked doing something on the holiday. The corn is coming along. We hope to see the first couple fields we planted tasseling in the next 10 days. With the heat, it’s starting to green up and grow quickly — still way behind, but glad to see it shaping up. The beans are still in their ugly stage, but they’re starting to pickup on growth also.
Anymore I am not totally shocked by some of the things dad gets to do with the Indiana Soybean Alliance, but it’s cool that he gets to travel to Mexico this week on a trade mission with Indiana Department of Agriculture and several other groups. He really enjoys the opportunity to get out help expand our markets and customers to buy our beans from the USA.