Last Farm


Last farm done. On the bean run. Finished across the creek in the dark. Good run. Good riddance. As of tomorrow. Once I load out the last disgusting, dirty, auger eating load of the Chinese revenge, soybeans. Headed for China probably. It’s late and I’m tired but had to brag about being done with beans.


On to Corn.




First Farm!!

One farm done. On the bean run. Or at least I thought it was when I quit in the dark last night. I had a full hopper on the combine and I wasn’t interested in crossing the creek crossing in the dark again so after I road blazed around the safe way and dumped the hopper I called it quits. I have about a round or so above the bottom south terrace east of the creek/barn and a couple wet and or weedy spots to grind through then it’s moving time.

Back to the farm next door’s sixty some acres. Then home for the last thirty. Then it’s on to golden corn. Ah, to live in Iowa and to grow the corn. Ah. Shuck and ah. If we ever get that far. Here it is the 14th of October and I have a measly eighty some acres of beans done. It’s always too wet. Doesn’t bode well for drying the corn either. The fan’s off much more than it’s on for the couple thousand bushels of corn I’m trying to dry here at home.

All in all a normal fall. The days get shorter and the air gets colder. Who needs air conditioning? Last night I thought I needed heat running after dark in the combine. In the pickup I’ve already run the heater a few times. Red, the $700.00 pickup with the Hemi and headers that I’ve put brakes on and a water pump in, is now sporting a new battery and new battery cable ends. Eventually I’ll run out of mechanic’n to do. On second thought …….

Then and there,



Little Wet

The bean run.
Three loads out.
Yesterday, the 4th of October we loaded the second and third semi loads of beans for delivery to Scoular grain elevator in Hancock Iowa. The day before we loaded out the first and I ran the other two that afternoon-evening. Sunday when I started at 4:30 in the afternoon everybody and their dog was combining beans. That load tested 13.1% moisture, just enough to warrant a dock on the payout which starts at 13.1 and scales up above that.

Monday the wind was blowing out of the south so I didn’t wait till 4:30 PM to start. I began when everybody else did, by 4:30 I had enough for a load done and was starting to run enough for a second. That first load cost me another point of moisture. With a higher dock. Guess I should have let the neighbors run without me for a few hours again.

This morning I dumped another 1.2 inches of rain out of the gauge. We are good and wet. We have never really dried out from the last one. One cause of the too wet beans. The top of the soil may dry during the day but the moisture in the soil comes back to the top at night. Add the dew and the drying is being fought on two fronts, or in this case levels, above and below.

They’re calling for rain again tomorrow. I think I’ll finish the clean grain elevator rebuild and get a tractor rear tire repaired while it’s too wet to cut beans. That means buying a few more bearings and a new sprocket for the lower end of the clean grain elevator. I hate to spend money but this will save grief for a few years and then some.

I get enough grief from the grain markets.

Then, there.