July 14th, 2015
Crop update- We continue to have an extremely wet year! The sump pump in my basement never worked as hard as it did last night. We lost another big hickory to high wind and got about 3.3 inches of rain to add to already-saturated soil. The soybeans look decent for having wet feet all year. The corn is either good-looking with holes in it or just bad all over. It mostly depends on the planting date. The earlier corn got out of the ground, the better it looks.
Today the guys finished prepping the combines for the wheat harvest. We are getting pretty anxious to get that done. We grow seed wheat for Pioneer, so they normally make us wait until the moisture is 13.5 before we can harvest. They told us yesterday to cut it whenever it is 17.5 or lower and we can dry it on low heat.
The new shop is coming along well and it gives us plenty to do when the weather is wet outside. I’ll try to post some pictures of it soon.
The challenge for this time seems to be to stay encouraged. We have so much to be thankful for and it is easy to forget that when there is such a struggle to raise a crop. We decided to get a group of us together tomorrow to eat lunch and just have a good time. We will spend some time in prayer for our crops, our state, and our country.