The geese are flying north. The Robins are back. It is warm. What a difference a week can make. I’ve already finished loading out the three grain bins that are in the field. Over twenty one thousand bushels. The only catch, there isn’t much money coming out of the bins. I guess when Iowa State University Extension Service says it’ll take $4.60 corn just to break even when paying average rent they weren’t kidding. What goes up comes back down. We’d all be wise to remember that. Rent has to come down. Under $200 an acre according to the banker. Personally I’m locked in at ISU Extension Services average. It lags by one year, that is last year’s survey is this year’s rent. That means I’ll bleed for a little longer than everyone else. That was great on the way up. Not so fun on the way down. If that ever even happens.
Next on the agenda is tearing out hot wire fences. I have miles of them on the two farms I was growing pasture on to graze the cattle. With the cattle gone I won’t need to be keeping up the hot wires. There will be no better time than now to rip em out since the grass is either eaten and mowed around them and there’s no stalks in the way. After the snow melts off and the frost comes out of the ground but before the grass starts to grow up in the way. It will take both time and effort but won’t be as burdensome as ripping out barbed wire fences like we’ve been doing on the line fences. Line fences are the surrounding fences that line the farm’s perimeter. Each landowner in Iowa is responsible for their half of the dividing fences and all of the road front fences on their side of the road. Each must be maintained as a legal fence.
I hope it’s warming up where you are. It may not be 70 degrees but it will be before long. Quite a rise from the zero of last week. Sort of makes it all worth while whether there’s money in it or not.
See ya then, see ya there.