Later in the week we attended the Farm Progress Show in nearby Decatur. It was one of the hottest shows we've ever attended, but it did allow us to visit with many exhibitors and see products we are interested in for our business. Our main focus was trying to find a way to decrease the compaction in the corn rows that are adjacent to the transport tires on our planter. At the moment, it seems we have two options; 1) an air system that allows us to inflate/deflate the tire pressure from the cab of the tractor and 2) tracks for our planter. Luckily, we have a little time to make that decision.
Harvest appears to be 2-3 weeks away, although a few of our neighbors may try some corn in the next 10 days due to early delivery incentives and commitments made in early spring. We are experiencing one of the driest August's in recent years. Our corn crop is tolerating this hot and dry weather fairly well and we anticipate a 170-200 bpa average yield. On the other hand, the soybeans depend on August rains and to date those have been non-existent. We are on the cusp of having the worst yielding soybean crop in the last 20 years if it doesn't rain soon.
|Taking the 18,000 gal Lp tank off the trailer and putting it into place on the concrete piers|
|Making sure the generator gets set correctly so the wiring goes as planned|
|The generator is set|
|Max's 3rd birthday celebration|