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Emma: Soybean Wrap Up

It has been super busy around the Misener Family household, and I can’t believe how the time flies. Fall harvest has come and gone. The last time I updated you all we were kicking off fall harvest, but today I can officially say that the 2011 harvest season has come to a close. It’s a bittersweet ending.

I wanted to share a few fall harvest stories, since this harvest was not without difficulties. My combine caught fire on the last day of cutting when chaff build up met a hot hydraulic line. It was dry, and windy so even a small fire can be bad. We had been taking precautions to avoid fires by blowing the excess chaff from the machine, but it apparently wasn’t enough. Dan, Joel, Lee and I fought the fire as best we could and emptied all the extinguishers we had, but it wasn’t enough. The 40 mile per hour wind helped this fire get out of control fast. The fire department did get called and while we waited for them we fought the fire with one shovel and our feet.

Two hours, five fire trucks and an ambulance for precaution later, we had the fire out. Luckily it didn’t reach the corn, and if it weren’t for the teamwork we had it could have resulted a lot differently.

This is the field post-fire. The ground is worked where the fire was, and it’s not exactly a small are. I didn’t get any pictures of the actual fire – because I was busy fighting it.

The soybeans this year averaged around 45 bushels per acre, nine percent moisture, and 58 pound test weight. Overall it was a good year. We did run into some green vines while cutting, and it took a little extra time.

Cutting soybeans.

This is the last field of soybeans that we harvested.

More soybean harvest.

Be safe and God bless!


  • Jerry
    Posted at 08:38h, 07 November

    I’ve been on both sides of this situation. When I was on cutting crew I had a passenger riding with me in the John Deere 7720 machine I used to run. The tight quarters resulted in leaning on the cigarette lighter plug which melted the wires in the control panel which then caught fire. It was electrical based and in order to get it out I had to disconnect the battery while the flames were growing quickly in the cab. I rewired the cab all night long and was cutting wheat again the next morning.
    And being on the local volunteer fire department for 15 years I’ve been on many field fires. One of them burned two of my fellow fire fighters when the wind did a sudden shift and brought a standing corn field fire back on them. The smoke was so thick it killed their engine so they were dead in the field. Both were taken to the hospital via Careflight with burns. They both lived but neither of them fight fires any longer.
    Glad no one was hurt in your fire.

  • Darl Deeds
    Posted at 19:01h, 07 November

    Can we assume that your combine was toast, no pun intended? I also thought it was interesting to see soybean rows again, we have not planted in rows in Ohio for many years. We have been so wet that most in our area are just getting started with corn harvest and the ruts from soybean harvest are really deep and plentiful.

  • Terry
    Posted at 18:02h, 08 November

    Matthew 24:40-41 hello tribulation, end of the world and extreme trouble and prayer god bless. John 316 critical…

  • Emma Misener
    Posted at 11:26h, 03 December

    Thanks for your comments, I do enjoy hearing YOUR stories as well. I’m sorry to hear about your friends, Jerry, but I am glad that they’re okay. Fire is definitely not to mess with. I think there was a misunderstanding, our combine actually survived the fire. It’s parked for the winter, and will be ready to use next summer harvest. The chaff around a hot hydrolic line caught fire, but the actual ‘combine’, luckily did not, thanks to team effort.

    Darl, in the areas that we cut soybeans, if varies by farmer whether they plant in rows or just a normal planter. I actually prefer, (as far as combining goes) to cut the ‘rows’. With our 30 ft heads, 12 rows of soybeans fit perfectly within 30 ft. This means that we’re at our maximum efficiency: taking 30 ft all of the time, with minimal soybeans layed down by the divider points. Depending on the variety of soybeans, in my personal opinion, planting rows gets better yeilds. Of course that may apply to the part of the country you’re in as well. It seems when planted in rows, the soybeans get taller. But again, this is my personal opinion. 🙂

    Thanks for all of your comments!
    Have a blessed Christmas -Emma

  • TrieloapeLire
    Posted at 08:20h, 29 May

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