Another milestone of the fall season has passed and I’m left scratching my head how we got here so fast. Halloween has come and gone, leaving piles of unneeded candy for the kids and fears of harvesting on Thanksgiving creeping in on some of us. We are moving right along on harvest. Another really good week and we will be getting close. We have about 30% of our corn to harvest. But, unfortunately, it’s all on the most outlying acres we farm. So, we kind have become a traveling harvest crew that goes home at night as we travel 20-some miles in one direction from the shop and 15 miles in another.
We have progressed really well over the last 30 days with harvest, so we feel very fortunate to be as far along as we are. We are finding that our acres without fungicide on them are suffering and we shouldn’t have cut that expense. From reduced yield to reduced stalk quality, those acres are concerning. But we will get it harvested and mark it down as another lesson from the class of 2019 in the school of hard knocks.
We are rapidly mobilizing our tile and excavating equipment as I get time. I’m taking the afternoons or mornings I’m not needed to get back to working on the ever-growing list of projects. Our crew we have has been awesome putting the hours in whether were in the shop prepping to make the switch back to mud work or in the fields helping get the crop out. We are very blessed this fall with a great group of hardworking employees. Truth is without them, we couldn’t do what we do. I was told once teamwork makes the dream work. I firmly believe in that.
As we all feel the calendar ticking by and pushing down on us harder to beat the ever unknown of bad weather coming, remember to stay safe. Keep your head on a swivel. Watch out for yourself, but also your employees and neighbors. You never know when tragedy can strike, but let’s try to prevent as much of it as possible.