Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sunday, August 18th...

It has been a busy two weeks since my last post.  As you can see from the pictures below, we have had a variety of jobs in the past few weeks.  We are close to wrapping up hauling all our remaining corn from our grain bins.  Our grain dryer project is progressing nicely, but the biggest push will be in the next couple weeks to get it wrapped up and ready to go for a mid September harvest.  

On Friday of this week, Owen started his 1st day of Kindergarten.  He was a little apprehensive to get on the school bus, but once he returned home he reported that he enjoyed his time at school.  I can't believe we are already sending a child to Kindergarten - where did the time go?  This week will be busy with a full week of school, basketball camp, baseball games, and throw in Max's 3rd birthday....

While the recent weather has been great for humans and animals, it has taken a toll on our corn crop.  The majority of our corn pollinated in the hottest week of the year and on top of that we were a little dry during that week as well.  However, despite the wet and delayed spring, our corn crop showed early on that it had tremendous potential. Unfortunately, with the cooler and overcast weather we experienced immediately following pollination, the corn plant couldn't keep the massive yields were we carrying. We have now pulled back the tip kernels on the ends of our corn ears resulting in a 30-50 bushels per acre yield loss.  We are still very dry and would take a rain anytime, but we are still hopeful we can hold the 200-215 bpa corn we now have.  Even though it's not the 250 bpa corn we had two weeks ago, it's still a 100-150 bpa better than we harvested after the drought of 2012...!

Loading corn from one of our grain bins
Bartlett Grain's new rail shuttle facility on the South side of Jacksonville
Installing a new 15" dual wall plastic main tile through a waterway on the Reiser farm
Disking the weeds down on our Prevented Planting acres
Crane lifting the 18,000 gal. Lp tank from it's former position on to our trailer
Tank is loaded and ready to be moved
Owen ready for his 1st day of Kindergarten
Applying a Priaxor fungicide & Insecticide trial to our soybeans

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