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Corn Harvest is History
November 4, 2016, 8:00 pm
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November 4, 2016

It’s done. The 2016 corn harvest here is complete. I have to say a big thank you to friends Ron and Leah. They helped me every day. I worked from dawn to dark so that we could get three loads each day. Tonight we finished up just after five pm. I did chores, fed horses and harnessed them so we were in the field mid-morning each day. It’s nice to have the dew off the husks when you are picking by hand.

My little weedy, spotty field yielded pretty good. In fact, it was much like the story from the bible about the boy with his loaves and fishes. The corn seemed to keep filling the wagon even though it looked sparse. The big ears were easy to pick. In fact, they were almost fun!

The main thing is that I am done. The best thing is that I will have enough.

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My crib is a little over half full. I will continue to smile knowing the harvest is complete. The woodshed is full, the speltz are up and doing good and it looks like I may even get some time to fall plow before the snow hits….all because the corn harvest for this year is history!



Fall Clean Up
November 2, 2016, 9:12 pm
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November 2, 2016

Last week and this past Monday, my fencing contractor was here. We changed a couple things in our fence. We added a gate in a spot that I had thought I’d never need. I was wrong. It’s all fixed now. He also replaced the section of fence that got crushed by the big tree. In his equipment line up, he has a brush hog that mounts to the front of his skidsteer.

His machine is a tracked machine, so his footprint is very light. I had him mow a few problem spots that had gotten away from me. They were wet areas that seem to never dry out. The marshy areas make perfect growing conditions for red brush and brambles. The next thing you know it is an impassable pain in the neck! Ed made short work of those areas. I will work to add drainage in the future, but having the vegetation cleared out will help them dry out on their own.

I continue to pick corn. It is going very well. I expect to finish by the weekend. The horses get better with every load. My helpers continue to show up and lend a hand and I am very grateful. We picked 24 rows today. The crib is filling fast and I am finding all sorts of aches and pains….but the fall clean up continues as we clean up the harvest and few problem spots as well.



Just “Picking and Grinning”

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November 1, 2016

What a beautiful day today was. The temperature was in the mid seventies. A small breeze blew and the sun shined overhead all day. The corn husked easily and the horses worked perfectly. After a late start getting things ready, I still managed to get two loads picked and put into the crib. Many thanks to friends and some family. We could pick four rows at a time. So every round got us out of the tracks from the last load.

The ground is very soft from recent rains. My corn is spotty due to a goof at planting time. The weeds too are a bit out of hand from our summer drought, but ears I am getting are large and easy to pick. The horses are sinking in a little, but the wagon, not too much. Because we get to move over with each round, the field should be in great shape once the job is done.

I am picking this corn by hand. I like to do it that way anyway, but this year with the soft ground, I am especially happy to be doing it. I am avoiding calling the field muddy, because so far it isn’t, not for horses anyway. If I was using a tractor, I would be buried up to the axles with no hope in sight. Thanks to my horses, I am picking and grinning!