August 20th: Today is Roger's birthday, he turns 65.
The last week we have been busy with projects that we normally would not be doing in late August. We have been picking rocks and the tile man is getting ready to do a couple of tiling jobs for us. The farm that we just completed was the first year we have farmed this particular field. The previous tenant had never really picked up rocks, instead choosing to use a land roller to roll the rocks back into the ground. We spent a total of $50 per acre in labor to hire people to come out and pick these rocks up. We had quite a pile of rocks when we finished. At least next year it will not be as bad. We will probably choose to roll the ground next year, but will also pick the field with laborers. We will also be tiling this farm later this fall in order to allow us to get in timely. This project along with the Charles City airport will be tiliing projects which we pay for on top of the rent, but have an agreement that if we do not farm the ground for the next ten years, we will be reimbursed a prorated amount. This allows us to tile the ground, be able to get into the field timely and not cause any out of money expense for the landlord.
We finished loading hogs out of our Chickasaw site and will be loading hogs out of our Bassett site later this week. We are in the process of getting the Chickasaw site ready for the little pigs which come in next Monday.
The commodity markets have been acting as if the crop is made and we will be swimming in grain. The corn market has fallen close to $.80 the last week and the bean market has fallen close to $2.00. We continue to feel confident in what ever the market gives us as we have many of this year and next year's bushels hedged with put options. We also have a high level of crop insurance on our crop.
We will begin to prepare for harvest shortly. Even though harvest is at least 45 days away, we will be getting the combine and heads out and going over them, getting the semis inspected, getting the grain dryer set up and making sure all the augers are in good working order. We will also be looking to trade our primary tillage tool for a larger piece of equipment as we went from the 8650 to the 9300 tractor. We will be looking to go from the 5 shank deep ripper to a 7 shank.
The house continues to come along. They are currently installing the cabinets and setting doors. The flooring will be installed next week and we hope to be able to start moving in the first week of September. We did sell our current house in three days and will be closing on that September 30th.
Today the kids started back to school. Trey had his first day at the high school (9th) and Natalie was at the middle school (6th). We will only have one more year like last year where they are both in the same building. They took their 1st day of school photos with no complaining.