Harvest 2009

Harvest 2009

Harvest 2009

We’ve been busy harvesting the corn.  We have barley which we keep and feed to the stock.
We have wheat corn that we sell.
It’s a constant battle against the weather because the corn cannot be wet when it is harvested. 
Corn can be put through a corn dryer but (but not when it is really wet as it clogs the dryer).  Putting it through a dryer costs money and  corn prices (the price we are paid for corn) are very low this year
We had a good dry week and all the corn is in.
We have corn storage sheds where we can store corn and sell it at different times of the year. Some farmers don’t have storage sheds and have to sell the corn straight after harvest – when the price may be really low.
We keep the straw to bed up our calves, cattle and other stock.  This means after the harvest we are busy baling the straw into large round bales which we  bring back to the farm on tractors and trailers stack in the fields.  We  use straw every day throught out the winter to make sure the stock have a good straw bedding when they are inside in the sheds.
Crops seem to have yielded well but there is not much straw in among the crops.  We have  to buy so much straw in every year as we don’t have enough of our own.  This straw is dear to buy.
Now harvest has finished  I’m don’t have to do meals late at night when The Husband comes in from being on the combine all day. 
The extra weekend working has finished now.  We still have to milk the cows twice every day, but things have quietened down.

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