Another productive week behind us, I would say. We were able to get switched back to corn and run on corn most of the week. We are around that 50% mark on corn harvest. So, that is a good feeling. So far, yields are still surprising us, but not as big as they could have been. But I am still impressed with the crop and feel blessed to have a crop. Quality has been good so far for our food-grade contracts. The wheat is all up or just spiking through. With the rain over the weekend it has really shot out of the ground.

We had about 2 inches of rain on Saturday. At first, I had my worries, but we have been dry and most of it absorbed very nicely. We finished planting cover crop this week with the last of our cereal rye being planted ahead of beans. I am definitely ready to unhook the air seeder. I hooked to the bean planter in April and by the first of June we had wore it out and I was hooked to the air seeder for the second round of replant beans. Then I have planted constantly since June with it.

We planted prevent plant ground, wheat stubble without double crops on it, then started in right behind the combines in September with cover crop, then wheat and now finishing with cover crop. To say I am tired of pulling that thing is an understatement. But I am reminded that I am blessed to have the crop we do to harvest and to have the chance to get a start on the 2020 crop already and have it off to the races.

My eternal optimism has been running strong lately as I think about how we could have just hung it up. But this entire industry, no matter how bad things get, we get it done, we clean ourselves and equipment up and we go hard at it again next year — all for the opportunity to support our families, employees and the local and world economies. This is a business, but it’s also a lifestyle. Some days, it’s hard to separate that. But at the end of the day we all know we wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.

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