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Time is not on my side?

Sunday, December 06, 2009

This has been a fall to remember, never in my 52 years of farming have I been so late with the harvest. Most of the country was in the same shape. The year starts out two weeks delay in planting because of too much rain then followed with much less heat units for the summer meaning not hot enough, Al, how do you explain that. Oh that's right, we discovered from all those hacked emails they were cooking the scientific? evidence. Any farmer could have told them the weather has not been trending hotter.
Have two drying bins, in a normal year they work O.K. in drying corn down to 15% moisture. That's when you start at 25% not 30. We averaged about 1000 bu. a day, when when you have over 50,000 bu. to dry you can see what's taking soo long. With all the delays with the dryer have had very few breakdowns. Was down about 3 hours with the combine so very fortunate. Have been babying a big wagon tire for several years, usually just go from field to bin but because if the slow drying would take wagons to town to try to get something done sooner, thought it too dangerous on the road. kept losing air and had several cuts on sidewall, just awaitin to blow with a big load of corn on. One of my many days waiting on the dryer decided to "bite the bullet" and buy a new one before it blew. Called my favorite farm tire store and he informed me he doesn't keep them in stock because of the price, that was my first clew. Called another store, who I found out later has over1.6 Million of tires in stock, and yes he had 8, 4 0f one brand for $421.00 each and 4 of another for $620.00. I asked which were made in America, was willing to pay an extra 200 for American made. They both were. So asked whats the difference for the extra 200, he said that one would last longer. I told him I was 71 years old so why buy the Cadillac, he said I'd buy the cheap one! Time is not on my side? Life can sure be fun!
Finally finished harvest this A. M. 12-06-2009. Have been writing this from the combine while waiting for the last truck to get the load from my grain cart. Going to miss this fine machine that has been such a big part of me this last two month's. As I used to tell my kid's, just get over it.
Now bring on the birth of Christ.
Merry Christmas to all!
Time will never run out only if you let it!
Life is so good to me!
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    My hubby would have a good time listening to you. He is from Illinois too!
    2973 days ago
  • LRB605
    Hello Skeeter....I really enjoyed your blog. I am from the west side of the state and a city boy ..a teacher at that. Your view of things is great! It is so hard to find things that America has made. I know they are there but they are hard to find. Hopefully you will have some time to relax...I know that even in the winter there are things to do. Hopefully this next year will be a little more kind to farmers and ranchers! We need you guys. Maybe those climate guys ought to have their conference here in SD..I think they would change their mind about global warming!
    2997 days ago
    Thanks for letting me see a view of life that I will never experience... I'm from NOrthern Ontario, Canada and I live in a former mining community. There's a little bit of farming down the road in the Mennonite community, but nothing like you are talking about... Also, thanks for your positive outlook!
    2999 days ago
    In east AR it is the same, late getting in because of rain, late getting out because of rain. Sweet potatoes are a revived crop here, government gave money to build a marketing center, and they are rotting . Didn't have to spend as much on irrigation this year.
    2999 days ago
    Hey Skeeter! I am guessing that your ground was frozen because it is here in KY. I love farmers and I love to do farm work. My wifes family farms @ 800 acres of wheat, corn, soy beans and tobaccco. They raised hogs until the mid 70's. When I came around I was offered the opportunity to be a part of the opperation but I did not have the faith that I thought it would take to be a professional farmer. All of that being said, I do know that any thing worked for is better enjoyed than anything that comes easily. Congrats on finishing the harvest. Spring will be here before you know it, but for now enjoy the Christmas season. Take care. Neal emoticon
    3000 days ago
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