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Emma: Nearing the End

Soybean harvest went well, and the fire was our only difficulty. The 2011 corn harvest was no unlike soybeans and had its own difficulties.

In August a few storms went through with very high winds and heavy rain. This type of weather flattens smaller fall crops that are in their growing stages, and unfortunately once flat always flat. Corn cannot just spring back up. We spent our corn harvest picking up corn that was on the ground. In my opinion, weather wasn’t the only factor – and the variety may have played a roll. I say this after seeing a field where two varieties were planted in one field flopping from one pass to the next. One variety was completely flat, the other was not. I suppose the one variety was not able to withstand the fierce weather conditions.

The free-standing corn was not a problem to pickup. We could drive almost seven miles per hour harvesting around 200 bushel per acre corn. The only problem we really had was getting the bushels away. With the flat corn we were only able to drive around three miles per hour and averaging 180 bushels per acre. That is quite a difference. The moisture surprisingly did not vary much at all.

Even with difficulties that Joel had with picking up corn and climbing in and out of the cab, he never lost his sense of humor. Even when the rest of use were at our wits end. I guess we can be thankful this is a fantastic fall – like we had last year in this area. The temperatures are still in the 50’s and even though it has gotten chilly at night, we’re willing to deal if it means no snow.

Erv came back for another visit! He put his truck driving skills to work. We were so happy to have Erv, but since corn harvest has past he has returned home. Aunt Sonja and my cousin Lee have also returned home, just last week. That time is coming for all of us as we are winding down for the year and tying up loose ends here and there. We’ll soon start the long haul home, but for now we’re helping out our farmer Dave with his loose ends.

Here’s a few photos of corn harvest.
This corn is a little tangled, but by far not the worst we saw.

Sometimes it was really hard to see where you needed to go. Who knew that driving down corn rows could be so hard?! With the tangled corn, I quickly learned how to drive an even straighter path, and half-way guess where I needed to be. Not exactly what I was hoping to experience this year.

When the corn was standing tall, and we were getting the bushels out, it was rather fun! It’s amazing how many acres and bushels you can get out in a day with two combines, two carts, numerous gravity wagons and seven trucks. Time really does fly when you’re having fun!

Corn harvest this year did come with a shower or two here and there, but even if we did have moisture, we were back at it the next day just like that!

Mositure came, but didn’t stop us.

A few low clouds.

Very pretty. I think anyway.

Harvesting into the sunset.


After seven months out on the road I’m ready to be home again. There is just something about waking up in the same town night after night, not to mention the comforts of home. Another week or so and I’ll be checking in from Elk City, Okla., and let me tell you that I can’t wait!

Until then, Be safe and God bless!

  • jeff kelley
    Posted at 18:12h, 13 November

    I notice you said one of the combines burnt up. Do you people buy,lease or rent the combines? Just curious!

  • Wangombe peter
    Posted at 12:16h, 14 November

    U r an amazing lady,how u operate sounds like ur well organised….i wish u the best n keep it up. I also own 2 Jd combines n do custom jobs in Kenya thou operation r different,God bless u bless bye

  • Charles M. Gore
    Posted at 10:27h, 17 November

    Did you junk the burned combine in Iowa or take it back to OK for parts? Glad that no one was hurt in the fire. I see you plan one more post. Harvest this year went well considering how wet and late some crops were planted this spring. Of the 18 Sates that USDA reports harvest on Nov. 12th Corn was 92% harvested (5year av 82%) Soybeans was 96% harvested (5 year av 94%). Clean up here in Southern IL is going fast this week. Winter Wheat planting for the 2012 crop was offically over last week, but some is being planted this week. Lawn mowing season is over. We are having Thanksgiving with our son and daugther-in-law. The University of MO is having the annual Watermelon growers meeting on Nov. 30th and I hope I can get down to our Arkansas house for a couple of weeks to make that meeting. I may may plant a few acres of Watermelons in 2012 instead of working part time for the USDA in our ST. Louis Office.
    God bless and have a good winter.

  • Emma Misener
    Posted at 11:16h, 03 December

    I think there was a bit of a misunderstanding! 🙂
    When we had our fire during soybean harvest, it didn’t actually burn the combine up. Chaff around a hot hydrolic line was burning, although didn’t actually catch the ‘combine’ on fire. The combine now, is parked for the winter, and we are intending to use it next summer. Thankfully, it didn’t burn it up, and everyone was safe!

    To answer you question Jeff, we own all of our combines.
    And Peter, thank you so much for your kind words. It must be a little different harvesting where you are. It would be interesting to know the differences 🙂
    Charles, it sounds like you’re a very busy man! Haha!

    God bless, and have a blessed Christmas -Emma