Monday, Sept. 9, 2019: Harvest 2019 begins. The stalk is dry, the ears are hanging down and the decision is made. Today, we begin a harvest that will be a total crapshoot. How bad did the non-ending spring rains and cold temperatures affect this year’s crop? Time will tell. We have only 64 acres of “dry” corn that was planted on April 7. Best guesses are 20% to 24% moisture. Mark says we need to get it out, so we can get all the augurs set and test the dryer before the majority of the corn is ready to harvest. I’m old-school. I say, let it dry in the field. What’s the hurry? We will have a 10- to 14-day break before the next planted corn will be ready to go. Mark always wins this argument.

The sandwiches are made for the next week, the sausage is fried for breakfast sandwiches, and the casserole is made for the evening meals. We are ready. I will miss the first few days of harvest, so I can attend a Women’s Leadership Retreat in Patoka, where we will be “glamping.” We’ve never done this before, and I can’t wait to move into my cabin. We are having a progressive dinner one night, and s’mores are on the menu every night. Mark will be fending for himself, but see above. He’ll be fine.

We spent seven hours Sunday doing some much-needed yard work. To say I’m starting the week tired and sore is an understatement. My safety lesson this week deals with hunting. Dove and squirrel season opened last weekend. Hopefully, all hunters are suitably attired with orange vests and hats, so they are visible to other hunters.

Also in effect is the purple paint law. If you are looking for woods to hunt in and it has purple painted tree trunks, stay out. These are private woods, and you are not welcome to hunt them. If you disobey these marked areas, then you cannot hold the landowner responsible for your trespassing injuries. Be respectful of others’ property. Always get permission to hunt on any land that you do not own. I wish all hunters a safe season with lots of game to fill your freezers. Until next week, remember to share the road with farm machinery and be safe.

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