Another productive week has passed. We were able to get our 2019 wheat all planted. I can’t remember the last time we had it planted this early. Glad to have that behind us. We also were able to complete first-crop soybean harvest. Completed that without any major breakdowns. Yields were definitely off of what we expected. Not really sure of why, but sounds like everyone is in the same boat in our area. We’re hoping to do some research into this winter and see if we can help combat the funguses that seemed to have infested our area this year. Quality didn’t seem to be as big of an issue in our immediate area, although we have heard some bad quality issues from other close areas.
We also were able to complete our custom harvest acres we had lined up. There’s not a lot, but enough that we have to try and fit them in timely for our customers. We have been able to make good progress on corn harvest this week, although we did have a couple minor breakdowns that definitely slowed progress. Had a broken shaft in a gearbox on one corn head. Then had a belt break on both combines. The shaft took a trip to Swayzee to fix. The belts were both minor and quick fixes. But, unfortunately, any downtime causes hiccups in the whole process. Although we have these minor hiccups, most thanks for us running almost flawlessly through harvest all goes to Reynolds Farm Equipment pre-harvest inspections. They do a very thorough job.
As the weather gets colder, it reminds me those 70-degree temps aren’t so bad. But as it gets colder, we start the process of making the transition from harvest to starting tile season. We usually don’t take a break, just jump right into. Not much time before the weather will chase us back to the shop with snow and frozen ground. But before then, there’s one thing we all need to remember to do: Get out and vote on Nov. 6. Just like every election, it’s important to making sure our opinions are heard.