Pair A Dice

Cut beans yesterday afternoon. After fixing a leaking hydraulic hose that holds the head up. A late start from a cool wet morning the clouds thinned out to none and the sun shone clear all afternoon. No real wind so the beans were tough at dark on the bottom where I finished up. After unplugging the head auger twice on the last round. I didn’t want to combine in the dark anyway. I had moved the wagons, auger and tractors over to the east side of the hill. The field I’m cutting on is basically an eighty some acre hill. I was done cutting over on the western side and spent yesterday afternoon cutting on the east. I had enough to load the semi on wagons by dark so all in all it was a successful day.

We loaded the semi this morning first thing. There was a little frost on the ground at the bottom of the hills at sunrise but the hill tops were only soaked with dew. This morning is a lot nicer than yesterday. The sun is shining and a wind is picking up so we should be ready to go at any time. Providing the combine is. Come to think of it I need to fuel the old girl up. Then it’s another day in paradise out here in the sticks.

Were still rockin’ the Paradise …….



First Farm

Done. First farm done with beans that is. So far so good.

Loaded two semi loads of beans to Bunge today and one semi load yesterday to Bunge. The second load, loaded this evening, had five hundred bushels from the west farm and the rest from the next door neighbor’s farm. Cool and cloudy all day. Crop conditions got tough early this evening. I had to quit after plugging the bean head auger twice.

Tired. Hitting the rack. Tomorrow’s another day. It can wait.

See ya then, see ya there.




It has begun. For me anyway. I started cutting beans yesterday. I was going to post this last night but I was dead tired. So the rack got me first. As the bright rising sun shines into the corner of my eye and Ag Day TV streams on the other screen I’ll claim the start of harvest to the world. Then I need to get going. I still have machinery to move to the field. So I hope you don’t mind a quickie.

I’m cutting over on the west farm. I’ve survived the shakedown cruise. So far all I have done is one round, one very slow round south of the barn to the west waterway and the two acre bottom patch north of the buildings ‘tween the lane and creek. Possibly the wettest beans on the farm. But I wanted a moisture test sample to see if they were dry enough and if the green ones are ready I know the rest will be dry. They tested 13.4% moisture, just under the 13.5% cutoff. Any wetter they won’t take them at most elevators and at Bunge’s crush plant where they will take them up to 15% moisture they will dock the price they pay substantially.

It’s good to be started. Better l;ate than never. This may be the latest start for this area. If not it’s the latest in a long time.


PS. I’ve heard some of the corn yields coming in aren’t that good. Hope that’s not widespread. I’ll let ya (and the trucker) know when I’ve combined enough to load a truck. Later …….