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Well, we started picking corn Thursday, but it's not your normal run through the field. Last year I started picking, and I ran the combine between 4-5 mph, unloading on the go. This year is a very different story, at least for some of our corn.
Back in July, July 23 to be exact, we had two storms come through the area. I remember them because they were big, and we were in the middle of our county fair. The first one brought a bit of wind and a lot of rain, but the second one came around 10:00 at night, and it had wind. In hind sight, it also had some rotation. The result was about 20 miles of corn from Dunnington to north of Kentland, Indiana being tangles up or rather down. This is west of US 41, where several our farms are, so we are in the middle of this mess.
The good news is that the corn did not die; it continued to grow, with the ears filling out fairly well. The bad news is it is a real.....well let's just say it's a pain to pick. We are going one mile an hour and can only pick it one way. That means at the end of the row, my father-in-law is driving the combine all the way back to the beginning of the field to pick the next round. Not too efficient on time, fuel, or energy of the human kind. There is a bit of a silver lining in that we are breaking in a new drying system, so the corn coming in slow helps with all the hiccups we have been having with it.
Here are some pictures of the first field we are picking. I am sure there will be more.
But it is all worth it to see the semi filling up with this lovely gold stuff!
I kind of liked this picture
See, the corn ear doesn't look too bad. It's long and filled out. According to the experts, though, the rows of corn should not be spiraling. They should be in straight lines and tighter, which means each row is a few kernels short.
Sadie doesn't much care though. All she knows is that she has a new healthy toy to play with and chew on! This girl loves her corn!
Miss Jane a hollar! She knows all about rounding up critters, but maybe not ones this small. Check out her blog and Real Farmwives of America and Friends today as we begin talking about our Carhartts!