Week Ending September 30th We started harvesting soybeans this week in Farmer City. Soybean moisture levels were 12-13% when we started. Yields were better than expected with most fields running 70-80 bushels per acre. Most of the beans had green stems which slowed down the combines.
We are running 2 Claas 780 combines this year, both 45 foot MacDon heads in soybeans. The machines are equipped with AgLeader yield monitors that are linked through the internet with the AgLeader DisplayCast system. The system allows the coverage and yield maps to be shared instantly between machines and back to the home office.
We also started spreading limestone, potash, and phosphate on the fields this week. The spreading crew has been able to keep up right behind the combines.
The tillage crew has been running as well, working in the fertilizer and limestone.
By the end of the week moisture levels in most of the beans had fallen to 9% which is lower than we like. Warm temperatures through the week dropped moisture levels quickly.
Below are some pictures from the week.
Week Ending September 23rd We finished moving machinery down to Farmer City this week to start harvest there. We tried some corn in the middle of the week. Moisture levels were too high at 29%.
We kept busy working on equipment and working on the machine shed renovations while the corn dried down in the field. By Saturday the corn had dropped to 26% moisture which was still a little high to run with. We did make some good progress on the building renovations. We installed 10 4x6 foot windows in the building and started putting on the red siding.