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!