The Harvest Is Complete!

Well, I have to say that I am glad to have this cropping year in the books!  We finished up combining corn last week.  Sorry for the long delay in posting, have had a busy couple of weeks!

john deere 9500 combining corn

john deere 9500 unloading into truck

Who doesn’t take their combine apart mid harvest?

john deere 9500 with concave removed

Zoie and Owen go for a ride with Dave in the combine.  Zoie (3 years old) told Dave that he “Needed to leave some corn, so that when she got done with Kindergarten she could combine some.”

cute farm kids riding in john deere combine
We actually didn’t dry any corn this year, since we had such a late spring and cool summer, the corn was very “wet” meaning the kernels had a lot of moisture in them.  Luckily, we have animals to feed, so it works very well to grind wet corn, and store it in bunker silo for feed.  So we ground all of our corn as high moisture corn this year:

white 6215 grinding corn
Dust and sunset make this picture look like nuclear winter!

white 6215 tractor grinding corn at sunsett
We also harvested cover crops for heifer feed off of some acres that we were unable to get into in time to plant corn this spring:

claas 900 chopping sorgum sudan grassWe planted Sorghum Sudan Grass, in the next picture the Sorghum Sudan is 12-13 foot tall, put has gone down….made harvesting it quite challenging.  But thanks to a good crew we got it off.  Can’t say we didn’t curse a time or two though!  🙂
sorgum sudan grass laying downBaling soybean stubble late into the night:

case tractor baling at night
All in all, some of the yields did surprise me.  We chopped the worst of our corn, and where the corn wasn’t really bad, it was much better than I was expecting.  If that makes any sense!

And so that is a wrap on 2013 cropping.  2014 plans are all ready well under way, most of our seed orders are in and paid for all ready!


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6 Responses to The Harvest Is Complete!

  1. Hey Will,

    Being a food writer who specializes in dairy topics, I really appreciate the birds-eye view you give. Would it be possible to talk to you about a particular project I’m on that relates to dairy, soil, crops, and animal feed? You can reach me by email to let me know. Thanks!

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Claas chopper has pretty well been broken in for you guys by now, eh? It’s surprising to me that you can use a big capital machine like that for so much of the year. I’ve seen it three times on your blog already this summer. I thought it was only good for corn silage…

  3. Anonymous says:

    How well does HMC work in bunkers?

    • Will says:

      It works fairly well….key is sealing it up as much as you can. We wrap the bunker walls, and double layer the plastic. Will still get a small amount of spoilage on the edges.

      • Anonymous says:

        Can’t beat a bunker for convenience. Just found your blog best to you through the holidays and 2014.

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