Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

A view of our snow covered field with my in-laws acreage in the background
It is official.  Harvest is over and winter has begun.  We've had snow for a solid week now on the ground and I don't see it going anywhere, anytime soon.  Thankfully we finished combining on Monday of last week (November 18th) and since then we worked on a variety of fall field work (fall tillage, manure application, anhydrous application, tiling, etc.)  With the freezing of the ground and the chilly temperatures our farm work will turn to inside jobs like equipment repair, tax preparation and planning for the 2014 crop season.

The 2013 crop season has been one for the books.  We started with wet conditions and then got dry as the summer went on.  Our crops had a variety of yields and left us wondering if we could really learn anything from this year besides the benefit of a corn and soybean rotation.  But that is the great thing about farming, you get to start fresh every year.

So here's to changing the pace and moving on to winter farm work!


  1. We just finished harvesting recently too. I'm not totally ready for snow yet! We normally don't rotate corn and beans, just stick with corn. But this year because of the very wet spring we planted a lot more beans than normal.

    1. We use to plant primarily only corn as well probably 8 years ago or so but in the last five years we have increased on soybean acres yearly. We have probably 1/3 of our acres planted to soybeans now. Due to the wet spring we even had one bean on bean field. We keep growing more each year because we have seen a benefit from having the diversity.

  2. Talk about cutting it close with the snow! Our snow is here and I don't think it will be going anywhere until March or April...that's just how it goes! Luckily, we've got all of our grain marketed, hay sold and calves are shipping next week. Which means we'll have all of our tax numbers done early! Yahoo! Happy tax preparation season to you guys too, LOL. I think only farmers understand that!