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Finally got our lease fields combined today. Latest I can remember as its been so wet they haven’t been able to get in the fields. Finally cold and frozen enough last Wednesday they could start again. Fields firmed up good and theses are the last fields they have to do and their done for the season.
Shot three short videos and back to work. You can also see by second video that the I got two Gator loads of wood cut today. Other than a chilly North wind was a nice day.
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That's good they got it done. I just talked to one of our farm accounts this morning, he finished up yesterday afternoon finall, my wife's cousin's farm are still going at it. I think they are down to their last 200 acres but with this storm coming through this weekend I believe whatever they get today may just be the last of it. I talked to him a few weeks ago and the yields are still quite high believe it or not, so even if he left 150+ acres standing it's not a real loss.
 

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Harvesting corn in January in Michigan - has to be some kind of record?
Latest I remember. Have video from 2015 on January 2nd that year but this year is the latest for sure
 

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jdmich, I tried to get a pic of my wife's cousin combining a field along the interstate. Man oh man, the damn flash went off in side the truck, boy that was bright. :laugh: :danger::oops:

Anyway, he's using the smaller International combine that they had to buy when they picked up these fields 3 years ago because the only access is a small bridge that the JD combine is too big to cross, so they use that one with a 6 row head for those fields.
 

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jdmich, I tried to get a pic of my wife's cousin combining a field along the interstate. Man oh man, the damn flash went off in side the truck, boy that was bright. :laugh: :danger::oops:

Anyway, he's using the smaller International combine that they had to buy when they picked up these fields 3 years ago because the only access is a small bridge that the JD combine is too big to cross, so they use that one with a 6 row head for those fields.
:lolol:I had the same thing happen the other night. I was in my Gator and Tried to get a pic right at dark of a 10 point buck I’ve been seeing in our back field and the flash went off. Had to sit there for 10 minutes, I couldn’t see to drive back down the trail :lol:.
 

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:lolol:I had the same thing happen the other night. I was in my Gator and Tried to get a pic right at dark of a 10 point buck I’ve been seeing in our back field and the flash went off. Had to sit there for 10 minutes, I couldn’t see to drive back down the trail :lol:.
:lolol::lolol:

I was doing 70+ on the interstate with s light dusting of snow on the road. :banghead:

But I like to live dangerously. :lol:
 

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Soybeans are late as well

We had people with corn still in the field in November and I think there are still some soybeans standing. It's just been too wet for people to get in the fields to finish up. Normally our harvest pattern is backwards from the midwest- we cut corn first in early September through October and beans in October and November. This year it was cut what you could on whatever land would hold up the combine and come back for the "leftovers" if the land dried up. I know of one farmer who is super careful about his land and not only did a combine get stuck but it was on tracks.

I'm not sure how much bigger combines can get for our area. It's really difficult to move them on the roads now due to the width and impatient drivers who can't stand to be behind farm equipment for 5 minutes. It used to be the header width was the limitation but now it's the width of the basic machine.

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I saw the farmers across the street from me heading out with their combine last Thursday. I think they were towing the head to harvest the beans and not the corn head. Don't know if that finishes it up for them or not.

I can't remember still seeing crops in the field this late, although we do have one area farmer that "never seems to get around to it" until Spring. Another farmer buddy of mine told me "Well, he must be the smart one! He claims he's saving on storage fees at the grain elevator. Maybe I should do that and just pull the planter behind the combine. Think of the time I'd save each year!" :laugh:
 

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I knew one of those

I saw the farmers across the street from me heading out with their combine last Thursday. I think they were towing the head to harvest the beans and not the corn head. Don't know if that finishes it up for them or not.

I can't remember still seeing crops in the field this late, although we do have one area farmer that "never seems to get around to it" until Spring. Another farmer buddy of mine told me "Well, he must be the smart one! He claims he's saving on storage fees at the grain elevator. Maybe I should do that and just pull the planter behind the combine. Think of the time I'd save each year!" :laugh:
I knew one of the never get around to it farmers as well. He's out of business. I don't say that if someone is late, they are a bad farmer but if they chronically miss time planting, harvesting, fertilization etc. they had better have another source of income to support their farming habit. Stuff does happen and even very good farmers have years when things go wrong but not every year.

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Almost done, they only have about 25 acres to go after this 15 acre field. Hoping for nothing more than a dusting of snow tonight, they may be able to finish up tomorrow.


I even jumped in and went a few rounds.



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Almost done, they only have about 25 acres to go after this 15 acre field. Hoping for nothing more than a dusting of snow tonight, they may be able to finish up tomorrow.
Hope they get it done before the storm hits! Might be tough to get into the fields then...
 

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Hope they get it done before the storm hits! Might be tough to get into the fields then...
I know, the biggest problem now is these are all just small 10-12 acre fields that are left, so they have some travel in between, plus the grain bins are full at the farm so they've been trying to run a couple of loads with the tractor/trailer everyday so they can keep the small trucks running to fields.
 

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I admire everyone's determination to get the crops off the field. How long can you let that stuff set in the field before it rots and you lose it? I would have figured it would all be bad by now, especially with being frozen and thawed couple of times.

It has been super wet around here in NC, most rainfall in a year ever. I saw some guys last week getting their cotton up. Not sure when the traditional harvest time is for that crop but I thought it was more like November timeframe from what I have seen around here in the past.

Good luck with the rest of the harvest. :greentractorride:
 

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Corn can set all winter, kernels will start falling off and deer will keep consuming it, thus yields go down longer you wait. Also snow don’t go threw a combine very well. If we get wind and wet snow corn will lay down making it hard to combine. So getting crops off sooner the better. All done here so all is good. Latest here ever due to the amount of moisture we’ve gotten this fall.
 

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Corn can set all winter, kernels will start falling off and deer will keep consuming it, thus yields go down longer you wait. Also snow don’t go threw a combine very well. If we get wind and wet snow corn will lay down making it hard to combine. So getting crops off sooner the better. All done here so all is good. Latest here ever due to the amount of moisture we’ve gotten this fall.
That's the goal, they've been running two combines for 18 hr days trying to get it, if they don't finish before the storm they'll just wait it out until they can get back at it.
 

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That's the goal, they've been running two combines for 18 hr days trying to get it, if they don't finish before the storm they'll just wait it out until they can get back at it.
That's rough.
I can remember running 38 hours straight trying to finish before the coming storm. We made it, but man was I glad the combine had auto steer!
 

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That's rough.
I can remember running 38 hours straight trying to finish before the coming storm. We made it, but man was I glad the combine had auto steer!
Well, they didn't get it all done, mainly because they simply ran out of room to put it. When the bins are all full and the trucks are all full they really needed a couple of more days to haul more to the mill to clear up some space. So now they wait, but only two fields left.
 
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