Harvest may be one of our craziest times of year, but it’s also the one that we always try to rush. After months of work, we are so ready to get our crops out of the field and into the safety of the grain bins. Plus, it’s one of the rare times that farmers actually get a pay check.
Harvest is still going very slow for us. We had a gloriously cool summer, but it has set us back a bit this fall because it is took longer for our corn to mature. When corn hits maturity, it starts to dry down in the fields. Corn needs to be dry so it can be harvested and stored in grain bins. If it is too wet, it can mold and spoil. Luckily, the elevators can artificially dry crops if they have no choice, but it can get very expensive to run dryers and that cost is passed on to the farmer.
On a typical year, we start harvest around October 10th. It always starts out slow as we search for the driest corn around. Usually, by the end of the month, we are cutting around the clock and always have something that’s ready. This year has been completely abnormal. We’ve only cut wet corn and still have several days (if not a week or two) until or next circle of corn will be ready for harvest.
For now, we wait and hope that the weather stays warm and dry until we are able to get going again. The vast majority of our yearly income is still in the fields and Colby will be extremely nervous until harvest is over. One bad hailstorm or blizzard or bad wind could wreck havoc on our crops (and income)! We will try to stay patient and you better believe lots of prayers will go up over the next few weeks!