4 weeks ago
Monday, June 6, 2016
Busy, busy busy
I've been cutting and raking and tedding 60 acres of orchard grass/alfalfa hay, and will be bailing it tommorow (6-7-2016). Scheduled in a crew to help me put it in the barn. No idea on bale count; somewhere around 2,000 bales - the forage has been growing great, the hard part has been finding the right weather window to put it all away.
Seed corn got delayed in delivery, so I'm 3 weeks behind where I'd like to be, but I think it'll be fine. I'm planting seed corn from alseed.com (albert lee seed company) and picking a shorter season variety to give it the best chance to dry down. I'm planting 10 acres more corn this year than last, which people in iowa will laugh at - "what, 10 acres? we plant that on our morning coffee break!" - but for me it's a 25% jump in production and I'll use that corn to feed the hogs this winter. I'm pretty much fully equipped to handle the corn - disc, planter, seeder, combine, grain dryer, storage bin. the only thing that I can think that I need is a long auger to load the storage bin, so I'm looking around for one of those.
I purchased a laser land leveler implement, and my intention is to use it to level areas of my fields as I till them so that I can flood irrigate out of the manure lagoon. I'll write it up and do some videos after I get the hay in the barn.
Had some baler issues today or I'd be baling today. Since I couldn't bale I planted the corn.