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Beans Sprouting Again in Southern Minnesota
This is another sign of how nice and warm it has been this fall. Last Saturday my brother Joe was chopping and disk-ripping my corn stalks. He burns wood so I told him to bring his chain saw and trailer along. There were some big trees growing along a drainage ditch that I have wanted to get cut dow…
Corn Piles a Sign of Good Harvest
This is a shuttle loading grain complex that was built a couple of years ago by Crystal Valley Co-op located just south of Hope. The bins must be full because they began piling corn on the ground. The facility was designed to easily pile grain on the ground...
Jerry’s Car Covered in Bees Wings
I guess I parked my car a little too close to the corn dryer yesterday. Those are what farmers call bees wings all over my car. They did not even blow off when I drove home last night. No they are not wings from bees. There is a membrane around the kernel of corn where it is attached to the ear…
Perfect Weather Forecast for Harvest
I was very pleased at the weather forecast I saw this morning. A slight chance of light rain today and then warm and clear skies through Tuesday! There is always a chance the forecast can change, but let's hope not. This is a perfect forecast to hopefully finish harvesting the 2016 crop and get…
Jerry’s had Enough Rain Again
The rain Tuesday night will put a stop to harvest for at least a couple of days, but I find myself thinking it could have been worse. We had rain gauge reports from the Faribault area of around 1 inch. Farther south and southeast the rain was much heavier...
Jerry Has a New Friend
A little over a week ago I hurried out to the farm to try and finish harvesting my beans. I only had 15 acres left, so I knew it could easily finish unless I had a breakdown. I climbed into the combine cab and backed out of the shed. I was watching the mirrors and was not looking forward...
Check Your Pockets Before Washing Clothes
I guess you should check your pockets before you throw your farm clothes into the washer! At least that is what Louise always tells me! Apparently there was some corn kernels in my pockets that ended up in the dryer after I washed and dried my farm clothes...
Jerry’s Pea Beans Beat the Odds
One of my favorite phrases is " if you can't be good, then be lucky." That was surely the case with my pea beans, or second crop beans after peas. Saturday they were dry enough so I harvested them. My bean bin at the farm was full so I hauled them all to the elevator...

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