November

The auger is fixed. The bin is full. As are almost all of the wagons. The whole shebang is grouped down by the pasture inside the fence along the road. I’m waiting to load a couple of semis full of corn for delivery to the alcohol plant co owned by Bunge of North America just south of Council Bluffs along Interstate Highway I-29. We’re going to spot a few loads into the market. My older brother’s driver is bringing one of the brother’s trucks. We will load him on the road from the field. I have a long enough auger to reach across thee road ditch and dump on the truck while it still sits on the gravel road. That way we can keep the roadside on the road and the field side in the field.

It’s Monday November 3rd. November is for picking corn. I have forty acres done and two hundred eighty to go. This could be my largest corn run ever. I hope it all goes well. Yesterday I put the 1440 and twenty foot bean head away in the barn. I’m hoping the 1460 will last through the fall. I never used it at all last year. It sat around as a spare while I ran everything through the 1440. The 1460 has better lights, more power with it’s trurbo, and a few more bushels of grain tank capacity, and a longer unloading auger. With corn yielding three times as much as beans the extras start to really add up. It also has heavier final drives and a beefier transmission, both adding stability to it’s stance.

I may try planting my ten bags of winter rye today. At any rate I’m going to have the stay at gone mom run to Co op and pick them up after we load the corn. I plan on planting them alongside gulleys so I can fill the gulleys in with a dirt scraper or tractor & loader next summer after I harvest off my cover crop seed for next fall. That’s the theory anyway. I’ve been told all the rye needs to do is germinate this fall to be a viable crop next summer. I think we still have warm enough soil. The temps have been above normal the last couple weeks. I know we have wet enough soil. It never seems to quit raining.

That’s about it from the corn patch. Have a great month. Be thankful we have it.

See ya then, see ya there …….

Cc

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Done

As of sundown last evening. The rain was minimal. Around five o’clock as I drove up north to see how dry it was getting everybody and there dog was out planting something. The next door neighbor was planting in the cornstalks. I should say both next door neighbors. One up north and one down home. The one up north was planting beans but the other next door neighbor up north running a grain drill was running in bean stubble. Beans on beans? The third next door neighbor was still planting corn in bean stubble. CO-OP was just finishing up there too as I headed home. The two youngest daughters were along for the ride so we stopped in town at the park to let them play a while.

It doesn’t look like the tile line guys work on Saturdays. The welder guy does. He was over west hiding from a shower in his truck cab when I pulled up. The Vacuum’s ready to roll. The CO-OP boys were applying the corn weed and feed there as we finished up welding the guy wires (chains) to the auger tube bracket. That’s my patent to reenforce the self supporting auger better. I’ve seldom met a machine that didn’t need a tweak here and there. It should be good to go for another hundred thousand bushels. Given a little duct tape and baling wire. My older brother is planting corn for the guy that sold me the vacuum so as long as they get along it sounds like I can have used parts cheap.

If I don’t log on tomorrow have a happy Mom’s day.

See you then, see you there.

Cc

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Squeaking Wheel

Where to start. Everything’s squeaking. Got Grease?

First thing this morning the older brother called. He had a welder guy showing up to fix up the auger on the vacuum. I know the landlord’s son fixed it last weekend. This guy is going to add a strap of metal around the tube to reenforce it. Last night as the rain brought the day to a close the tile line layers showed up to park their machinery down in the neighbor/landlord’s gate. They’re laying tile as I write. I’m writing this as I wait for the welder guy to call after dinner this fine May morning. Morning for two more minutes anyway. Unless you run off the sun like I do. Then it’s morning for another hour. Sorry, you can’t save daylight. Nice try though.

I ran up north of town to move the tractor and planter from on the field to on the headland so the CO-OP boys can float on the liquid nitrogen and weed killer. Weed and feed they call it. One pass plus I call it. We use a little atrazine along with a product called Corvus to keep the weeds down. We use liquid nitrogen 28% solution instead of the normal water to “carry” the chemicals out through the spray boom to be applied at the same time. When I say we I mean the CO-OP and I. I pay for it, they sell it and apply it. Oui?

Well that’s about it for now. The welder guy hasn’t called but I still gotta go measure the auger tube so when he does I can confirm the size of the rolled steel he has to bring. Good fortune be yours on all you’re going to do. Pray for rain. We still need it. Two days of rain and we still haven’t an inch. Not far south they’ve had none. Planters are still rolling down Treynor way and points on south. And around here we’re tiling and spraying . When I moved the planter I was thinking I’ve gone ahead and planted in soil this wet before. It more or less depends on the calender. That says it’s still early. Seven acres won’t make or break me. A little more rain may come in handy later on. Say in July or August?

I better get back to the grease.

Later on …….

Cc

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