We have been keeping busy through the winter working on equipment in the shop, delivering grain to market, going to seminars to learn new ideas, and trying to get in some family time in the off seaon. Check back here for our progress on these activities and more throughout the winter.
March Nearly all of the 2009 corn in storage is now hauled to the grain elevators and other customers. Our goal is to have all of our on-farm storage cleaned out before planting begins.
We have been busy getting the corn planters and other spring equipment ready to go.
February We rebuilt our corn head and cleaned up the rest of the harvesting equipment. We resurfaced all of the knife rolls on the corn head, replaced all of the gathering chain bearnings, and repainted the head. All of the equipment should be ready for harvest for 2010. Now on to getting the spring equipment ready.
January 10-16 TEPAP Bob participated in The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP). This was a week long training and development session in Austin, Texas. Topics at the seminar included financial management, human resources, and growth strategies. Attendees at the seminar included producers from around the country and from Canada and Australia. It was very beneficial to get to know producers form other areas and to discuss business issues with them. We hope to implement several of the ideas that I gained from TEPAP into our business. See TEPAP for more information on the program.
Cleaning up equipment Keith (6) helps wash up the combine. He got a little dirty and wet that day.
Hauling grain out of storage We have been hauling grain to the container market for export and to Corn Products in Chicago for processing.