A Very Strange Harvest —Wednesday, November 19, 2014

UnloadingYesterday there were 40 trucks in line to unload their corn.  The wait was long, long, long. Most of the trucks are semi’s with belly dumps so it goes fast ONCE they get there.

BUT….the corn harvest has turned out to be another one of those terribly hard to ‘dry down the corn’ years.  Everyone is struggling and frustrated.  The joke is we will be doing corn in January —OH! LET US HOPE NOT!

A field will test dry then as they get to different area, within the SAME field, the moisture content zooms up and the harvest has to stop.

Into-the-truckSo we do what we can, then wait until the moisture drops and start all over again.  Terry is out checking all the fields now…a sample here and a sample there…at the end of the field, in the middle of the field, in a random spot.   You sure don’t want to combine wet corn, have it turned down at the elevator and then lose the whole load because it molds.  We could get the drying granaries ready, but Terry much prefers to haul straight the elevator.  Keeps the crop costs down (electricity to run the big dryer) and we don’t have to load the bins, then get back in and unload them.  Unloading a grain bin is TONS of work—we’ve reached an age where back breaking work is something we don’t want to do anymore.

Yes we use a auger to get the corn out of the bin, but you still have to get inside and scoop out the last of of the corn.


Anyway…life goes on.  The other house is done, until the furnace is put in; now we will need to look for a renter.  But that process won’t start until we get the furnace in.  It will be nice to find just the right person who would like to live in the country, take care of a lawn, and maybe enjoy an animal or two in the corrals…our daughter and family had goats.

Today I’m still setting up Christmas…I’m thinking the tree…it’s fake so I can set it up anytime and enjoy the lights.  (It’s the lights I love).  (Or I’ll be helping Terry…we will see)

Your friend on a western Colorado Farm,



23 thoughts on “A Very Strange Harvest —Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  1. January?!? Oh, I SO hope not!!! We’ll have to come over and ‘rescue’ you! Must be time for a corn dance…. ummm….
    **Dry+ Corn+DRY**!!!!! :::well, you get the idea:::


  2. Oh, I am so sorry you are having so much trouble with the corn harvest. What a bummer!!

    Farmers had started the cotton harvest before this last cold front and skiff of snow and ice. Now it is at a standstill for a while. Our cotton has to be dry, too, or it will mold in the modules. A neighbor had a module fire last week, probably started by just a spark of a rock going into the machine. It won’t go out until all the module is burned or the fire department floods the thing with water. Either way about 8 500lb cotton bales are ruined.

    So hope your weather improves and dry winds come your way. Happy decorating!!



  3. I definitely hope you are NOT harvesting corn in January — that’s a bit much! Hopefully the moisture content will stay down until you get everything in (to the elevator, not the drying bin). I love your photo of the sky.


  4. Sorry to hear about all the trouble getting the corn dry! Dryers are so expensive to run…and I totally hear you on how hard it is to scoop out the rest of the corn in a bin. We’ve done it a few times. I don’t mind the shoveling part so much as how hard it is to breathe (even with a dust mask)…and of course by the time we’d be done shoveling we’d be covered in dust from the corn or beans. Praying things start to work out a little better!


  5. I had no idea that harvesting corn could be so frustrating. But i learn so much about farming from your blog.


  6. It’s the same black year everywhere. Here, they should have finished the cane cut and crush, but haven’t, and if they’re not very lucky, will run into cyclone season before they do…


  7. Well–my hope for you is that the corn DRIES –so that you don’t have to go through that other back-breaking step….I hope you don’t have to wait much longer to finish the harvest… As I told you yesterday, I feel as if I’ll be raking and blowing leaves FOREVER this year… Not fun!!!! ha

    Hope you find a good renter.


  8. Mother Nature often is a tough partner to work with but crops don’t happen without her. The rental sounds very tempting. Your part of the world would be a great place to spend some time.


  9. It would be awesome to be your neighbor! Hope the corn dries soon!! I remember cleaning our corn bins and helping the auger as a kid. It wasn’t easy work and I tried not to look at the itty bitty bugs crawling around. Gotta love growing up on a farm!


  10. Sure hope you get warmer weather so the corn dries for you!!! ( And then maybe we will get some relief here too!).
    Daryl loaded in Craig last week. Said the snowfall was breathtaking. Tho the snow packed roads were bothersome!!! That’s as close as he has gotten to your area.


  11. I do hope you get the corn harvested. It must be very frustrating to have that hanging over your heads.
    I’d love to live there, but since I have my home here… I guess that won’t happen!


  12. I had no idea that corn moisture could vary so widely in ONE field. How terribly frustrating!
    Are there folks at the elevator that check each trucks moisture content? Seems like there might be someone that would try to sneak in some corn that wasn’t the right moisture content and ruin the whole elevator???


  13. What a long process this is! I had no idea drying was so critical. What happens to the corn once it’s harvested? I’m wondering what it’s used for.


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