Friday, October 17, 2014

Tractor Seat Update

Tractor Seat Update
After a wet start to the week, we've been busy combining corn, and today, have switched back to harvesting soybeans.  Last night My Farmer and I crunched some numbers and decided we are 20% finished with corn and 40% done with soybeans as of today.  And I have to admit, that feels pretty darn good!  With a "rain day" or two weekly it seems, I think we were both surprised at our progress.

Soybean and Corn Harvest Headers
If you've been following my Tractor Seat Updates each Friday this month, you'll notice that we've been bouncing back and forth between corn and soybeans.  While this usually happens some each year, we usually don't like to do this each week of harvest like we have been this year.  When we switch, we have to change the combine head.  Corn and soybeans have separate combining head attachments.  We then have to clean out the combine grain holding tank and our catch cart so we don't mix soybeans and corn.  It isn't a lot, but it just takes time.  It is a lot nicer if you can just pick up where you left off the day before and not have to worry about cleaning everything out.

We've been having to switch back and forth due to the maturity of our corn and soybeans, as well as the moisture levels.  Soybeans have a somewhat narrow window to get harvested during due to the moisture levels you want.  So if we don't have soybeans in that window, we've been switching to corn, which is more flexible.

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(This post is a part of a 31 Days from a Tractor Seat series.  The best way to keep up with this series is to follow via email on the right sidebar of this post or by following on Bloglovin.  Also be sure to like the Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids Facebook page for daily updates from the field.)

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