Saturday, December 18, 2010
More of the same since my last post. We have been hauling corn to the Illinois River terminals as well as ADM at Curran. Machinery is also still being cleaned up and put away. This past week Kevin Becker from Altorfer Equipment spent a few days at the farm working on the CAT tractor. The main job was replacing the left-side fuel tank. Due to a faulty fuel cap lid that did not let the fuel tank "vent", CAT had a re-call on the lid. Unfortunately, the faulty lid did it's damage before we made time for the two-day job to replace the fuel tank. Since the lid did not vent air to the tank, the fuel pump was pulling diesel out of the tank and eventually just caved in the sides of tank causing the tank to leak due to cracks. Luckily, our leak was not very severe and we could wait until after all the fall tillage work to get the tractor in the shop and perform the replacement. Thanks to Kevin Becker from Altorfer and Darin Younkers for their work on this project. We have our corn plans and hybrids finalized for the 2011 crop and are almost finished wrapping up our 2011 soybean variety selections. End of year book work and accounting are keeping us busy when the weather will not let us out to haul corn.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
The Johnson Boys are ready for the Christmas Holiday
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
We began anhydrous ammonia applications last Friday. Since then we have covered all our acres that we plan to go to corn around the Ashland and Pleasant Plains areas. You may remember we just did these same operations a mere six months ago due to being delayed by Mother Nature last fall. We are experiencing some delays in product availability, but not near like earlier this spring. Our plan is to move to the northern farms this week in hopes that our south farms receive some rainfall later in the week as they are predicting. Anhydrous Ammonia needs moisture to bond to the soil; otherwise it volatilizes and escapes into the atmosphere through the dry soil particles.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Another great week of field work. We wrapped up chisel plowing this past week and are working on the last 150 acres of in-line ripping with the BlueJet. Now that the cooler weather has lowered the soil temperatures and the rain helped loosen the soil we also have one of the toolbars running putting on nitrogen and dry fertilizer.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Two combines in the night
Lincoln Land FS spreading lime on the Williamsville Farm
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Owen inspecting the corn to make sure it meets his standards.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Another very good week of harvest at Johnson Family Farms. This week we mainly focused on soybeans, but a 20% chance of rain Friday evening that turned into two tenths of rain and clouds made us switch back to corn. To-date we have just under a third of our harvest left to complete. Our tillage operations progress nicely as we continue to chisel under corn stalks as well as run the MacFarlane Reel-till on a lot of acres sizing up corn residue. Diplodia was again an issue with our corn this year, so we are focusing on chopping up the residue and getting it buried early in hopes we've seen the last of the diplodia. The ten day forecast has no rain in sight, which should allow us to wrap up harvest in the upcoming weeks.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
We decided to try a MacDon draper header this year for soybeans - so far we really like it.
Harvest continues at a rapid pace here at Johnson Family Farms. We are making great progress as the weather continues to dry corn down in the field allowing us to put most of it directly into grain bins. Corn yields remain variable, but our over-all farm average is increasing the more we harvest. We had a brief window where we were able to harvest a couple hundred acres of early soybeans and the beans are yielding surprisingly well. Most reports we hear are that of good bean yields as well throughout the state. The tillage operations continue to chase the combines and trucks spreading lime and fertilizer. The forecast for this week is spotty, but we will continue to work on corn unless a window opens where the beans dry down and cut a little easier.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Another good week of harvest. We were rained out Friday evening by another inch of rain. On top of the four plus inches we had last week we were not able to harvest any this weekend. Most of our corn is testing 15-20% and yields have varied drastically from 147 to 255 bpa. We also started tillage this past week and have a couple hundred acres of corn stalks already chiseled under. This week we plan to continue to harvest our earlier maturity corn and by Wednesday we are hoping a few of our bean fields will be ready to cut.
Monday, September 6, 2010
After four inches of rain since last Wednesday & Thursday we were finally able to get back in the fields and resume harvesting corn. Moistures have dropped from 20-22% to 18-19%. This week we will continue to harvest corn as well as start our fall tillage. It will be interesting to see how hard or easy the implements pull this fall considering all the early rains followed by drier conditions.
Many of you may remember our grain bin fire from last fall. Over the course of the weekend Range Implement took down the old bin and put up our new GSI bin. We still have wiring and a few other odds and ends to finish up before we can put corn in it, but we are relieved it is up and just in time.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Harvest began yesterday at Johnson Family Farms. This field was planted on April 15th to a 109 rm hybrid. It has been multiple year continuous corn. The moistures were less than we anticipated, especially considering how green the tops of the plants were. The yields were all over the board with the yield monitor hitting 270 bpa all the way down to 115 bpa. That being said, there is more poor-yielding corn than great corn. Compared to last year this field is yielding 25% less... We believe that the corn planted behind soybeans will be significantly better.
I've posted a video of our first day of harvest at the bottom of the blog.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Our friends at J&D Farms, Inc. delivering our new MacDon draper head.
Owen helping Daryl Bachman drive the Kenworth.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday afternoon, Max Ryan Johnson was born to Elizabeth and I. He weighed eight pounds even and was twenty-one inches long. Max and his mommy are doing great. The picture above is of Max and his older brother Owen after we returned home from the hospital. Owen is already very helpful and always concerned about who is holding his little brother. Max still has his days and nights backwards, but we hope that will quickly change.
The crops are still progressing quickly and I anticipate some area farmers to begin harvesting end rows and a few early maturity fields this week.
Enjoy the cooler weather this week!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Taking 20' at time makes mowing a quick job.