Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Things at the farm have been busy since my last update. We are getting the combines and other fall machinery ready to go as well as wrapping up a few remaining summer projects. The grain bins are all empty in preparation for this year's crop. We are also finishing up an electrical project at our Grand Prairie farm bin site where we had to bring in 400 amp service to provide enough power for the additional fans we have added to the bins. This involved taking down the old power lines and running the new lines under ground from the road back to the bin site. We hope to have that completed by week's end.

We have not started harvest yet, but one of our neighbors began today and I am told the moisture was between 25 & 30%. This particular field was planted prior to Good Friday, so it should be one of the driest fields around. I was told the corn was "good."

As you can see from the picture, our plot planted on April 26th still has a lot of green left in it - should be October before we harvest it. The other picture is of the new combine in the shed being worked on by Steve Clement from Brandt. He is installing the Trimble AutoPilot system which allows the combine to steer itself. David and Dad have also been working on installing the yield monitor as well as other "add-on's" we utilize during harvest.

I hope to be able to share some of our actual yield results on the next update.

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