After 40 days of harvest, we need a break

After 40 days of non-stop harvest and field work it's time to take a break

Tuesday around 1 p.m., I texted Dave. Simply put, I typed: 'I'm crashing.' His response: 'Sleep well.'

He had gone through the crash about a week earlier.

We started harvest on Sept. 18 and ran until this Tuesday, with only Sundays and one rain-shortened Saturday off. That's 40 days! Though it was a short harvest, nonstop 14-plus hour days can take a toll physically and emotionally. It takes time to recover. Honestly, a couple days later, I find it amazing my fingers are willing to type tonight.

Unfortunately, I didn't get any extra sleep that day, nor have I since. It seems as though everything else has been hitting this week. After 11 months of living out of our downstairs canning kitchen, our new kitchen installation began. Also, a month late, construction began on the seed storage building.

We are only starting to get caught up. I feel as though I've barely had enough time to take advantage of some of the good basis levels offered on corn by attaching basis to some HTAs I had on the books. We will send a couple loads next week only in order to go past the truck wash. However, the bulk of deliveries won't start until mid-November. From one side of the state to the other, basis varies more than a quarter! It takes some number crunching to determine where the corn will end up.

I wondered this week if ordering a semi load of tile will be adding unwanted work to the list. It will be a nice change of pace, and enjoyable work until the temperatures turn against us. We plow forward because we know that every foot we installed this spring already paid for itself. When things are going smoothly it doesn't take long to system drain a field.

We also spent some time in meetings this week. We are trying to coordinate lime, fertilizer, and chemical applications. NASS stopped by, requiring information for their survey. In addition a grain buyer stopped by to introduce himself.

It's always something!

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