Today was a good day to begin catching up on farm paperwork. I spent the better part of the afternoon in front of the computer screen, double-checking the logs, entering moistures, and calculating shrink of this fall's harvest.
When all was said and done, there were some surprises. Unfortunately, they were more bad than good. I have to be careful here, we were in no way a disaster. However, I certainly do not agree with the USDA yields that were released this week.
We had a couple of soybean fields that were nearly failures. We also had a few that were very good. All in all, we are slightly under the five-year average. There will likely be an insurance claim where optional units were utilized.
Corn was pretty much the same story. We had a few fields that were quite disappointing, while many were only mildly disappointing. I can count on three fingers the number of farms that were a pleasant surprise. When you take into account the 9% price decrease from spring to fall, this in essence raises the yield guarantee and will trigger a loss in some of the fields that were on the line. Corn was considerably below our average.
The weather seems to be turning on us. We finished emptying the dry stack buildings late last week. As the wheels were literally falling off the tractor, the last bit of major tillage was completed this week.
Even though we are ready for it to happen, we still have quite a bit we would like to get done. Who knows, we have this saying here in Indiana (I'm sure many other states claim it as well): If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes. I could be wearing shorts next week. Or I could be wearing my thermal pants!
Progress on the seed storage building is steady. Steel was put on the roof yesterday. The guys boarded up the window openings and moved inside today to work on the loft as the wind and sprinkles invaded. I still hope to have it closed up by Thanksgiving, but that will depend on if I can find someone to install the overhead door.
The opinions of Kyle Stackhouse are not necessarily those of Farm Futures or the Penton Farm Progress Group.