Minnesota Farmer


Snow
December 3, 2009, 9:33 pm
Filed under: Corn, Fall, Farm, harvest, snow, tillage

The weatherman said a chance of snow flurries today.  We had one and a half inches of flurries.  The roads were terrible this morning.  The plows were not ready for the snow today.

Once we had finished harvest we got to work on fall tillage.  Very little had been done before this week.  Since we did not have to wait for either a dryer or the line at the elevator we could keep going as long as machine and bodies held together.  Monday and tuesday were an example of what craziness  can happen when you see the end of field work coming in the forecast.

The weatherman was predicting a change to below freezing weather.  That meant we had to get the rest of tillage done before the ground freezes.  So after keeping the tractor going most of monday, I caught three hours of sleep and started the tractor rolling at midnight.  When I needed fuel at 5:30 a.m. dad started rolling.  After my school bus route I got back in the tractor and rolled until noon.  Dad kept things going until 11:30 p.m. tuesday.  That was a long day for both of us.

With the temperatures turning cold fall tillage will end soon.  How long the snow holds that off is unknown.  Our forecast is for temperatures to be between 10 and 25 degrees for the next several days.  Normally  that would mean tillage would end friday or saturday.  Now, who knows.

Almost all of the corn east of here is out,  west is a different story.  Some folks are waiting for the cold to harden the ground so that machinery will carry.  It sure is good to have our corn out of the field.

Michael

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