We kept somewhat busy during a wet week. Rain kept us away from harvest Sunday through Saturday. Our farm has been really wet.
High water alert. Just 2″ of rain made everything wet. Our soils have been close to saturated since heavy rains came ahead of harvest back in August. As a result, it doesn’t take a huge rain to shut things down right now. That 2″ had nowhere to go but runoff or sit in low spots.
We really would rather be getting our grain out of the field, but since so many farms are sitting still in the Midwest the price of corn came up a fair amount this week. We moved a few truckloads of corn to town during the week.
Dad and I inspected two popcorn fields to see just how wet the ground was at the end of the week. By week’s end things had firmed up quite a bit. We considered restarting popcorn harvest late on Saturday, but the constant drizzle and cloudy days of the week brought the grain moisture up a little too high. Here we were looking at wind damaged popcorn. Most of the ears I can pick up with the head, but some stalks are broken in such a way that the ears have been touching the soil during all this wet weather. Those ears are showing signs of mold and sprouting. We want to be careful not to get those into the combine. We might leave some yield on the table, but it’s not worth getting a truckload rejected for poor quality.
Popping Out Again
I’m getting into the next week, but I have goods news. Sunday afternoon we decided after a day of good sun we would loads our three trucks with popcorn so they’ll be ready to roll out Monday morning. I finished one field and opened up another which gives us a good jump on the coming week.