We spent most of last week chopping corn. We actually would have finished chopping on Thursday, but the rain came about 2 hours early! We finished today. Roughly half of all of the forage that we feed for a year is harvested in about 4 days. Becky took most of these pictures.
Here Delbert is opening up some fields for our neighbors:
Shots by Becky:
The pile, we put three tractors on the pile this year. We had a problem not getting the silage packed tight enough last year, so we hired another tractor. Then our blade tractor broke down, so we had to hire a 2nd tractor with a blade:
Two tractors pushed the silage up, and then helped pack between each load. The third tractor simply drives back and forth to pack the silage. A bit boring, but necessary!
View from the packing tractor….look out, silage coming up!
With rain coming we started covering the pile while they were still chopping. We finished in the pouring rain. We start with a oxygen barrier film called SiloStop (the orange plastic) and then a thicker standard silage plastic is pulled over the top of the oxygen barrier. The plastic is white on the top to help reflect the heat. Sand is placed around the edge to seal it, and then tires placed on top of the plastic to hold it down:
Finishing putting tires on after the rain:
Roughly 520 loads, or 5,200ish tons of corn silage off of 260 acres harvested in 4 days. Hope it’s enough!