Minnesota Farmer


Harvest 2014 Done

Now, where was I?  Oh yeah!  Harvest is done and things left on hold need to be done now.  I know I have a pile of mail that needs to be sorted.  There are a few jobs around the house that are waiting also.  Fall tillage and fertilizing needs to be taken care of.  I noticed a whole bunch of trees that need some trimming that lean over the field edges.  There are some meetings on my schedule for the next few weeks.  We still have machinery to clean up and fix up before we put them away ’til next season, but this harvest is over.

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Yeah, there are augers to put away, bins to secure and a whole lot of dust to move before we can call this falls work done.

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So, how did the harvest go?  Very well actually.

Although the soybean harvest was disappointing, the corn harvest was not.  We could have had a whole lot more corn to run through the drier than we did.  Some of the corn went straight into the bin and much of what would not fit in the bin was dry enough to haul straight into town for storage.  All we need now are better prices.

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It’s been a long time since spring planting.  This year we did not have a lot of heat, but we did have too much rain.  For a while I was wondering if the crop would turn out decent at all as it sat yellow and sick looking.  Todays corn hybrids are so much better than those of my youth.

Now the harvest is in and the challenge of marketing that harvest is in full swing.  Corn and soybean prices have come up a ways from their lows of a few weeks ago.  I know how much I must get to cover expenses, now I just have to see how much I will have to pay off loans and pay the household bills.

Winter is coming.  There is much to do before the snow flies.

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