Our first snow of the season came Sunday (Nov. 12) and covered the ground with 2 inches. We finish our year of CropWatchers with many acres of corn still in the fields. There are a few fields of soybeans, too. It has been a great, productive year with many challenges. Our dairy cows have done well even with lower milk prices and now, after two years of construction, the new Mississippi River bridge at Savanna opened Friday (Nov. 17). Have a safe winter.
Harvest 2017 is moving at a fast pace. Very few soybean fields left. Corn is done for some of us, while large fields remain for others. Tillage and anhydrous ammonia are following the combines. Regarding the harvest emergency weight permits, most operators feel that obtaining up to 10 permits per truck, and still not being valid if they cross the river to deliver into Iowa, just isn’t worth the time and hassle. We have a 4-mile-long road that goes through four townships just to get to the state highway.
Cold, windy days with a snowflake or two, and then light rain and fog Wednesday and Thursday. We tried baling cornstalks Wednesday, but got rained out. Only had 50 bales baled. Combines kept running on corn, but soybeans are too damp. There is less than 10 percent soybeans to go, but 40 to 50 percent of the corn left in the field. Saturday (Oct. 28), I participated as a volunteer in a simulated training evacuation at a local nursing home. What an interesting and educational experience thanks to some 150 fire and EMT personnel.
Rain Sunday (Oct. 22) of .4 of an inch and then another .4 of an inch Tuesday, idled combines until Wednesday when the corn finally dried enough to run. Most soybean fields have been harvested, but there are still many that will need to be harvested, which will be slow with the frost coming this weekend which could raise the moisture on the soybeans. Baling of corn fodder is on our agenda as conditions allow.