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Here are a couple pictures from today, corn isn’t great but better the some I guess. This is from my neighbors Claus 870, they bought about 30 acres worth. Averaged 11.3 ton an acre. They started theirs next to me after they finished mine and said it wasn’t any better. They will probably be short feed. Hopefully next year we get more timely rain. We are Very dry again, hasn’t rained for 2 or 3 weeks

 

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Been running hard all week. We are three weeks ahead of last year. Going smooth, but the corn isn't the best. We are happy to take what the Lord has blessed us with though. Life on the farm is good!

We started this past weekend. Hopefully the weather cooperates for the next 3 weeks

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here are the 2 choppers I am using. The Fox opens the fields 3 rows at a time, and the Fargo wagon fits through the 3 rows. Then chop with the NH. The Richardton wagon holds more and dumps higher, but needs 4 rows to avoid running down corn.

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This was this morning's view in today's field. first trip thru after the Fox cut the road. Front

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And rear

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We have been relatively lucky with the rain most of the summer. Even after watching solid lines of rain coming through, only to split and miss us, or just disappear, we got enough moisture just as it was getting desperate. I'm chopping about 300 tons for a neighbor who milks about 50 cows.

 

 

The Fox is also the chopper that gnawed on my shin in 2016. I'm lucky to still be here, after it cut the artery and meat in my leg. So be careful out there!

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, NY1468 said:

Here are a couple pictures from today, corn isn’t great but better the some I guess. This is from my neighbors Claus 870, they bought about 30 acres worth. Averaged 11.3 ton an acre. They started theirs next to me after they finished mine and said it wasn’t any better. They will probably be short feed. Hopefully next year we get more timely rain. We are Very dry again, hasn’t rained for 2 or 3 weeks

 

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I don't wanna be mean Orin.....but is that normal yield?  Here 20 is expected but 25 to 30 is no that un common.  I'd say wth our soils we are 20 avg.  Some good some.....sorgum.  you coming for holidays again?

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We had a bad day today..... Could have been worse but could have been much better. The day started out great seeing the same awesome buck I saw last night. A few hours into the day one of the tractor drivers run off the road empty and sheared off a power pole going to the barn. We were without power for close to 8 hours and the tractor has some damage . LUCKY nobody was hurt or worse. I ended up chopping for the neighbor for the middle of the day while my brother dealt with the disaster. 

Better luck at the end of the day as my cousin videoed a little bit of chopping. 

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8 hours ago, TroyDairy said:

I don't wanna be mean Orin.....but is that normal yield?  Here 20 is expected but 25 to 30 is no that un common.  I'd say wth our soils we are 20 avg.  Some good some.....sorgum.  you coming for holidays again?

No, this is very drought stressed corn. We have had under 2.5” of rain since the middle of May and most of that came in August. This is short day corn also so that doesn’t help yield. The plan was to be picking this for high moisture corn for the guy that I usually supply until he sold out the end of May. I shelled a ear and it’s down to 27% already which is what I wanted but way to dry for for putting in a pile. We are talking 45% dry matter. Right in this area there is corn that even is worse but 8 to 10 miles away looks much better because they got more rain. This is my corn on sand 15 miles west of me that got more rain, still what not we normally get but more then I got at home. It was close to 20 an acre. I would say 20 to 25 is what most would like to see around here. 93B53669-6179-41E3-B25B-BB54BEB5B8B9.thumb.jpeg.553487c011aca9599e6bfaaedebed230.jpeg

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Started Sunday only been able to get in a couple hours a day but another load tomorrow and probably cover the 12x35. IMG_20200920_171549383.thumb.jpg.531c2e3737d981293f41d715dcca86ca.jpgIMG_20200921_161918885.thumb.jpg.1be33295db6397979474bbd3d71ba48c.jpgIMG_20200921_152353944.thumb.jpg.ee3ee4458869a6529cd32c6013855898.jpgIMG_20200921_182709573.thumb.jpg.654ea54b561b1c1575b1f393f433e002.jpg

Mile haul one way. Stuck the 400 on the blower to use the 856 and 574 to haul

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We have a few days to go yet. Had 250 acres to go as of this morning

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we had a killing frost Friday night. Corn got scorched bad. Usually, the river and fog protects us here, not this year. The neighbor that wants 5-600 ton of corn from me, is still waiting on the big farm to get their own corn under control, before they chop and haul from here. Hopefully, this weekend.

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We finished yesterday morning, then spent 8 1/2 hours covering the pile. All it needs is sand along the edge all around it yet. Glad we are done. Added 12,500 tons to the pit, some of it purchased because of the drought

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Took forever....way more tons thatn est.  Bought 30 acre this summer thi king wed need.  30t a acre (amazing avg) so we got feed in 6 bunkers.  Had to even reopen one we tarpped to squeeze few more in.  Not alot of pics this year.  Trucked all days...

Heres some pics

We cut 240a grass monday and tue.  Chopped 80ac on monday too.  Set up 2 semi loads of straw tuesday to catch juices...few fields were late plabt and green.  But if we get another 2" rain they be near impossible to get.  And in oct corn dont mature anymore.  0 heat units and dew.

Wed chopped grass, like record tons grass!  thur 12 to 11p did corn, fri 9a to 12a, sat 8 to 5p.

Spent all day yesterday covering all of them.  Borrowed neighbors an uncles.  Had to cover our grass stacks we were feeding too.  7000t id hazard to guess without a measure.  Way more than we normally put up.   Stupid...its cheaper to buy it often....but we were offered 2 for 1 trades for land and then rains never allowed grass to get in so did 70 day corn instead.  Theyll eat it all!

 

Yes...he was taling a call and i was talking to daughter in truck....window open at headland....it was up to my knees...

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Finished on the 10th

Everything went well ground conditions and corn were about perfect. It's been years since we've had both and finished as early as we did. I'm thinking it's been over ten years since we finished this early. Filled the three silos and finished with about 150feet of silage bag

A field that I never remember being in corn am almost thirty. It did wellIMG_20200926_142609978.thumb.jpg.5dec0ef87d3d22f9d8a771b55e0c63c5.jpg

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Dust was flying more than I ever remember. It's a nice change from the usual mud and snow. Also hillsides make things interesting

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Planned on 20 loads but only got five since the feedroll bearing went out. They do make them greaseble now

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Started the 14x45 with stuff that was in the valley that got frosted it did very thoughIMG_20201003_175712434.thumb.jpg.d8229a7c9b5e862eff6b7df2e001d65a.jpg

Almost forgot what year it was. 400 puts it right up there only thing we did was put a electronic ignition kit in it. Runs alot better now

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Dry cows grazing off a stockpiled paddock

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Cows harvesting the last cutting of hay

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Used a different bagger than normal. Not too impressed but it worked I guess

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Fourth to the last load could've ended much more interesting. Broke clean off at the front bolt holeIMG_20201010_185345341.thumb.jpg.b45661e4c5403699d645929a5f9433c1.jpg

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