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2021 Field Notes

Spring got off to an early start. Field conditions were very favorable and dry early on. So favorable that I wanted to start planting on the 15th of April, but after a family discussion we instead decided to tackle the 2nd of two major tiling projects. The first project was completed last fall. Originally, we had planned to complete both tiling projects over the course of three years starting in the fall of 2020. Instead, the weather continued to stay favorable, and we were able to complete the 2nd tiling project AND was finished planting by 3rd of May. All seed went in the ground in excellent soil conditions. The rest of the year however continued to be dry. Only a few inches total of rain fell in the months of June, July, and August. Temperatures though were moderate. Daytime temps would hit 85, but then cool off into the 70’s at night making the summer a favorable growing season for both corn and beans. Yields at harvest showed those favorable conditions, despite the little rainfall, and our soybean crop was the best I’ve ever seen. Our corn crop was 3rd best crop. Fall harvest and tillage went smooth as well. We were able to get all of our crop out, all fall tillage done, and machinery put away before any bad weather hit. In all, we had a very smooth and accomplished year in 2021, which in turn has also set us up for success in 2022. We are all looking forward to next year.

 

          - Bill G.

 

Late Spring Pictures

Hayden & Kane hatching chicks

Hayden & Kane hatching chicks

Moore Tile Project

Moore Tile Project

Shop full of seed in preparation for planting season.

Shop full of seed in preparation for planting season.

Hayden showing lambs at the Grundy County Fair

Hayden showing lambs at the Grundy County Fair

Hayden showing lambs at the Grundy County Fair

Hayden showing lambs at the Grundy County Fair

Kane showing his bucket calf at the Grundy County Fair

Kane showing his bucket calf at the Grundy County Fair

Corn harvest near the bin site

Corn harvest near the bin site

Victor riding along in the tractor & grain cart

Victor riding along in the tractor & grain cart

Soybean harvest 2022

Soybean harvest 2022

Finishing up the last of soybean harvest 2022

Finishing up the last of soybean harvest 2022

Last loads of soybeans waiting for trucks

Last loads of soybeans waiting for trucks

Detailing the Blue Semi

Detailing the Blue Semi

Hayden & Kane under Christmas decorations

Hayden & Kane under Christmas decorations

We utilize a lot of technology on farm. One application of this is the guidance equipment on our machinery. We use this equipment to steer our machinery perfectly straight, but also to steer around our field boundaries without any operator input. There are many benefits to using auto guidance, one of which reduces operator fatigue. This allows us to operate longer days and sometime even through the night. This video is a great example of Brett using auto guidance at night while planting next to a field boundary.