Well, the talk of the town in the farming world right now is either the weather or the current state of harvest. It seems that everywhere I go, someone is talking about one or the other.
The recent weather changes have certainly played havoc with our ability to harvest the crop. These intermittent rains have delayed harvest a little bit, but not completely. There have been many days where we have had a little rain overnight or a little in the morning, and then we are able to harvest again by the afternoon.
Then there are days like Sunday, where we were not able to do anything in the field at all. That little bit of snow was certainly a shock to the system. Instead of harvesting, we spent some time working indoors and working on the house. Those are things that generally don't get done during harvest season unless it rains.
As far as the progress of harvest goes, I think we have about 400 or 500 acres left to harvest. A lot of that is custom harvesting for other people. In case you have not heard that term before, custom harvesting is like all other types of custom farming: one farmer does the field work for another farmer and gets paid for it.
We do some custom planting, baling, bale wrapping and custom harvesting. We also do some cover crop seeding and tillage for other people as well. The extra income is nice, though it creates a lot of work at certain times of the year.
As far as crop yields go, I have heard that soybean yields are average this year, and corn yields have been very good. Our farm has been following this trend so far.
Until next time, I hope everyone has a wonderful week. I won't talk to you again until after Thanksgiving, so please enjoy the holiday with your families. If you can, take a moment to thank the farmers who helped provide your Thanksgiving dinner for you. Some of them may actually still be working in the fields on Thanksgiving day instead of taking a holiday.
I also wanted to remind everyone that my new book "Into the Fields" will be coming out in early December. It is a collection of my columns published by the Quad-City Times, and includes lots of photographs taken by Quad-City Times photographers over the last few decades. I can't wait to see it in print.