Monthly Archives: October 2011

Matthew stayed home on Friday from school and ran the combine for me while I hauled to the bins so that we could get done shelling corn for 2011.  I say done, as I am done with my part of corn harvest. U of I Dixon Springs still has 3 acres of corn to harvest as part of their fertility research that they have ongoing on my farm.  So other than the little small patch all the corn is off the Robertson Farm.

I haven’t totaled up the bushels yet but we are below average in yields for the year.  The corn-on-corn really hurt us yield wise but that field was also the field that had the majority of replanting, so it’s hard to say what should have been done there. Maybe replanted the whole thing? I don’t know.  Something to think about later.

So today I will switch everything over to soybeans and begin bean harvest.  That means that I will have to “decontaminate” the combine or clean it out thoroughly so I can cut seed production beans first before cutting my other commercial beans.  The reason for the clean out is to avoid any other crop or bean variety from contaminating the desired seed production.  Its not that hard but it is time consuming. The combine has to be cleaned out which means all the those corners and places where grain hangs up inside the guts and in the grain tank. The truck has to be cleaned and so does the auger used to load the bin.

I hope by dark that I have at least cut a truck load of beans and am well on my way to getting the big end behind me on Tuesday.  But I have been constantly told that I plan too far ahead sometimes………

We got about half an inch of rain yesterday. Now it’s cool and damp, which isnt going to allow the corn to dry much.  But better weather is promised for the weekend and next week.  I am ready to get the corn done and get on to soybeans.

The soybeans are just days away from cutting and this rain will help them a bit by knocking off the remaining leaves.  Pioneer scouted their seed production and made an estimate yield of 35 bu/ac.  I sure hope they make that and would be tickled to death if they do, but think their estimate is way high.  We will see.  They have a track record for being pretty close on their guess every year.

While waiting for the corn to dry and the beans to get ready, I have moved some dirt to get the site of our new shed ready.  Still have work to do, but the rain interrupted that activity as well.

While moving the dirt that had been stockpiled at the other farm I found a hidden cache of copper wire , wire cutters and flashlight.  I had just about ran over it with the dozer when I saw the black from the wire jacket under a pile of weeds.   Luckily it had not come from our barns but wherever they got it, it was big stuff.  After the LEO’s left I felt compelled to have Mr. Glock ride with me the rest of the day on the dozer, in case someone showed up to collect their stash.

And last but not least was the excitement on Monday when my ATV caught fire.  Was out in a corn field sampling and some leaves got up against the motor and caught fire.  I always watch the exhaust but this time it was clean and it was on the motor.  I got back to the truck in time to get my water jug and threw water on it to put it out.  No damage was done and I didn’t catch the field on fire……..

That’s about all the news that’s news around here right now……..

This is about 2 years old, but it makes a point I want to get across.  Farm Equipment is a lot bigger than your car, its a lot heavier than your car and its not going to move when you hit it.  ITS BIGGER THAN YOU.  SLOW DOWN and stay alive.

I hate to say this but I see way too many potential accidents waiting to happen every day.  Most are young women or girls who are driving WAY TOO FAST and are either on the phone or are texting  (the texting is illegal, but it doesn’t seem to matter)  with the music loud enough that I can hear it over the roar of the motor of the tractor or combine. (or at leas the base)

If you come up behind us and you cant see our mirrors, we cant see you.  If you try to pass us, make sure to do so where the road is wide and allow plenty of time.  If you meet us head on GET OVER!

I came across the following two pictures on Facebook via a friends link.  I think they tell a very big and important story about our country and culture today.  No not Democrat vs. Republican or liberal vs. conservative or what other political group your for or against.  I think it tells the story of just how disconnected and how stupid, yes stupid our population is anymore about the REAL world and not the synthetic world that they all live in.

I said these people are stupid and I stick by that statement.  I think I have told the story here before but here it is again, Ignorant vs. Stupid.  Ignorant is lacking knowledge on a particular topic:  I am ignorant of rocket science (I have no formal education or study of the subject) yet I understand what rockets do.  Stupid is mental dullness; foolish; senseless, as in not having a clue.  Stupid is standing in the rain and wondering why you are getting wet.

These folks are STUPID.  They don’t have a clue, they have to be mentally dull, foolish or senseless to think or believe what they written is true or even has a chance of being true.  But in case you think I am stupid or to harsh, I will let you be the judge.

If your involved in agriculture these two things should SCARE you.  These folks not only believe what they have said, but they vote, call their elected officials, influence school boards and in the end just mess up life for all of us.  Yet, yet, they are more the norm than we might want to believe.

I read a study done with intercity folks on where they believe their food comes from.  The top five answers were:  1.  The Store  2.  The Phone Book  3.  A Box  4.  A Bag  5.  A Delivery Man.  The study was done by some professor in Nebraska I think.  The point is that people are so disconnected from their food, from the land, from nature that they think food comes from the grocery store where they “make it” and that deer crossings should be moved to less traveled roads.

Are we doing enough in Agriculture to educate the population about their food and where it comes from?  How about the fact that nature doesn’t follow road signs……….????  Is this our wake up call or is it to late?

One can be ignorant about the specifics of food production or deer habits but they shouldn’t be stupid about them……….

I always hold out hope for our country, but after reading these two newspaper articles, I think we are doomed.

Well the combine sits idle as this band of rain moves through and it has allowed us to get a few things done that were not going to get done until the combine stopped.

The tracks are on the Cat and I am waiting on the pads for the master links.  They shipped the wrong ones….so we put it together minus the pad and moved it outside so we could get other things inside the shed.

I spent a few hours yesterday trying to do the seemingly endless amount of paperwork that has to be done anymore.  It was pretty painful but its done and now ready to move on to the next pile of papers.

Took a while to clean up and out some junk that had accumulated in the office as well.  I now realize that I need to get some more junk moved out as it seems that every time I turn around I am finding yet another box of Dads stuff that hasn’t been gone through.  

When the wind calms down and the threat of rain is gone I have grain to haul and want to get that started soon as well.  For now though I think I will just let the wind blow and think about it!



Corn harvest is all but over for us except for the last 25 acres of corn that is still in the 18-20% moisture range.  I thought it would go Saturday and got fooled when the yield monitor wouldn’t go below 17.5 .  So we sit and wait on that field to dry down and hope it will stand, which I don’t think is going to be a problem because the stalks look like trees out there.  

We are still a 0% on soybean harvest here.  The leaves have fallen off about 40% of our crop but there is still a lot of green.  Everyone forgets that we planted all double crops this year behind the wheat which has contributed to our lack of soybean harvest progress.

Of note this fall is a couple of oddities or at least oddities to me.  First a six inch increase in elevation seems to indicated a 75 bu/ac increase in yield on the flat fields.  The difference between the low ground and high ground is remarkable.  It is also worth noting that this is only true on the corn on corn fields and not the other corn after bean flat fields.  That is definitely something to cogitate on this winter.

Secondly the same corn planted on the same date has greatly different moisture levels by just crossing the road.  I replanted most of the corn on corn field the same day with the same number I planted on the last 30 acres.  Yet there is a 6% increase in moisture on the last 30 acres vs. the replanted corn on corn.  Again go figure that out.

I am sure when I get into the soybeans that I will be scratching my head as well.  Beans planted on 13 July into pure hog wallow mud, they shouldn’t make a thing but they don’t seem to be look to bad from a casual scout.

Wow what a long week and it ain’t over yet!  This weekend is the fall version of the Knob Creek machine gun shoot and I am having withdrawals because farm activities have a priority over seeing things shot and blown up.   There is always YouTube but until they invent the scratch and sniff YouTube, its not the same!

Last Friday I finished up planting wheat.  I wanted to no till the wheat into the corn stalks but it was just too tough to do so.  Ended up disking the stalks once and then rolling them with the crumbler before drilling.  Worked pretty good and I can row the wheat out the window of the house this morning.  It was dusty, not as bad as last year but dusty, and that is a good sign to plant wheat into.

Corn harvest resumed and I hit some of the June replant corn and as I suspected it sucked.  The replant corn is making about 70 bu less an acre than the May planted corn.  My average is taking a big hit right now but we will see where we end up.  50 acres of corn left, not enough bin space to hold it all and I still have a few contracts to fill so it will be a balancing act between hauling it and filling the bins.

Over the weekend we went to the Marion Appleseed shoot and Matthew and Lori greatly improved their scores.  Matthew came from double digits to well into the triple digits while Lori is knocking on the Rifleman score.  She shot into the 200’s several times just missing Rifleman by a few points each time.  I need to do some tuning to her rifle, she is getting a bunch of stovepipe jams that I feel kept her from making Rifleman.  Then we will practice for the November shoot and see what she can do then!

As far as repairs go, the Cat is up on blocks and one track is off along with all the other hardware and I am ready to go back together with it.  Need to get this done ASAP as I have dirt work that needs to be done in preparation for a new shed to be built.  We got the grain bin fan back from Sander Electric and it needs to be re-installed so we can pump some air through some of this corn.  Aeration is important!

And in case I didn’t say it somewhere else in this post:  I AM MISSING KNOB CREEK  (crying and gnashing of teeth)

Wheat is planted and back to shelling corn.  Got lots of pictures and things to hang up when it rains.  But for now its very light posting.  Check back often or after a rain for updates.

Got done with the long rows………..GOOD CORN!

We are about 35% done with corn, 0% on soybeans…but the soys have just started to turn yellow.

Now we take a short pause to plant wheat and then back to the corn.

Here I am chasing Matthew with the grain cart about half way across the long rows.

A quick update this morning, on the run this week.

Took this picture of my oldest and favorite son shelling corn on Saturday.  He just loves running the combine but loves being annoyed by his Daddy even more!

Corn yields continue to be good for us but we know there is the June replanted stuff to get yet.  That being said if it doesn’t tank to bad we could have a just below average crop.  Still a week or so away from trying it though, to many things to do yet on other fronts.

Harvested the second N plot and this one is significant in its results.  The 100# rate yielded 171 bu/ac and stair stepped up to the 200 # rate making 194bu/ac.  Looks like the optimum rate is about 170 or so (without doing the math) with puts it right in line with our previous plot results on this field of 165 #/N or so.  Will post more results when there is time.

Larry Cooper with Opticrop came and calibrated the wheat drill so as soon as I get a few repairs made to it and the gauge wheels back on we can drill wheat.  Or after I get the repairs made and get the fields sprayed I can plant wheat.  That is one of the jobs to day is to get the chemical to spray I hope in the next day or so.

Also I have to pull a bin fan today and take it to the shop, its pulling way to many amps on start up and causing problems………plus the Cat is still sitting in the shop with one track off waiting on seals and tracks….. and we had to put a new bearing in the unload auger……..and there is more but there isn’t space or time to list them all.

It goes without saying that if you farm, you know……..about repairs.

Switched to a 25 May planting date on the corn this afternoon.  Moisture is running 16.8 on the 25 May planting and 32% on the 4 June replant spots.  But the corn is 40 bushel better than my 13 May corn less than a quarter mile down the road.  Go figure?

Here is one pass (6 rows accros the field) average yield off the yield monitor.  It wont hold and will end up averaging about 10 bu less than what is shown in the picture.  BUT I WOULD TAKE IT ALL AT THIS YIELD RIGHT NOW!

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