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We’ve had a busy week harvesting corn and soybeansWe’ve had a busy week harvesting corn and soybeans

Between the Fencerows: Grain moisture levels have finally dropped so we dodged rains and pushed the combine a bit harder.

Kyle Stackhouse

October 13, 2023

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Ears of corn in field before harvest
Kyle Stackhouse

Well, where to start? It was a back and forth kind of week, typical of harvest season. Saturday, Monday and Tuesday were very productive. Wednesday was good too, but got cut a little short with rain showers coming in. Thursday brought preparation for the next push, with some repairs and moving equipment. It appears Friday will end up being a ‘bonus’ day as the weatherman has pushed forecasted rain to late in the day.

Last Saturday, we elected to stay close to home and pick corn. Since we were close to home, we were able to manage with just three of us: One in the combine, one in the cart, and one trading empty trucks for loaded ones. I made more the 20 trips around the block and we harvested nearly 100 acres. Moistures have finally fallen to the mid-twenties and we were able to push the combine a bit harder.

Monday, we moved 10 miles from home and began the day going after corn. It took two additional truck drivers to keep up with the flow of corn being harvested. Late in the day we were able to find soybeans that had dried back out after some rain over the weekend, and started the second machine there.

Tuesday morning it was damp again, so we kept one combine in corn as we waited for soybeans to make their daily dry-down. At that point both machines went to harvest soybeans. Even with three moves to fields we still tackled about 150 acres of soybeans in addition to 25 acres of corn.

Wednesday it was damp again, so we flipped one machine back to corn for the morning while the other machine was moved back home. Once beans were fit, I dropped the corn head onto the head cart and headed home to help cut beans as we were trying to get a few fields done before the rain was supposed to set in.  We didn’t quite get done what we wanted, but none the less, it was a good day.

Thursday definitely missed the dreary forecast that was promised and as I sit typing, it is a nice sunny evening with temps in the low 60s. The ground needed most of the day to dry from overnight rain, so we started back up on corn first thing this morning and will push until it rains in the evening.

About the Author(s)

Kyle Stackhouse


After graduating from Purdue University in 1999 with a degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Kyle Stackhouse began farming in Plymouth, Ind., in northern Indiana. Kyle farms alongside his father Brad, not as an employee but as an owner who runs separate businesses in three counties in a 20-mile radius.  Kyle shares insight into day to day operations, current issues, and management of the family's mid-sized grain farm that specializes in NON-GMO and Identity Preserved crops.

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