It’s been exactly 3 weeks since my last “farm” post. Unfortunately, we have not made a lot of progress in those 3 weeks. In our little part of Ohio, we received a couple drenching rains that have left the fields too muddy to hold up heavy combines and grain wagons. Ability to harvest has been hit and miss. Early in the morning following a nice frost makes the ground more solid, until the sun comes out and things get “smeary” again. Late afternoons open a window of opportunity with fields drying out a bit but then darkness settles in and so does the dampness. Mother Nature once again, is in charge.
It’s about 7:00 PM now and we are cutting corn. In the dark. I am not fond of this method of harvest because it’s difficult to see, even with all the lights attached. Just a little scarier and worrisome for me. But as the calendar pages fly off the wall, the need to harvest whenever possible overrides my misgivings. We still have about half of our 1100 acres left to harvest.
So I am doing my part… brewing a pot of coffee, wrapping up some cheeseburgers and cookies and keeping the workers fueled up. The good news is that the weather forecast for our little corner of the world looks dry and fair and relatively warm for November. Stay Tuned.