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Christy: Bittersweet week

Well, we almost had our customers done around home. Paul got a call for help on one last quarter by Round Lake, Minnesota. We started that quarter today, and will get it done hopefully tomorrow. It’s hard to turn down extra work. We are, as before, still pretty short on help, but if it means putting our own crops off for a bit longer, it’s worth the wait.

Before moving back over to Round Lake, we squeezed in two of our own fields of corn. They did well. We hauled some over to our bins at our home, and some went to a local ethanol plant. The corn that made it to our bins is about 18% moisture. Paul plans to dry it down with just the use of the fans until we’re ready to haul it in.

We also started working ground. By Cloverdale, Iowa, Paul worked over where new tiling was placed this fall after soybeans were combined. One of our combine operators, Parker, took over working the last two fields we combined. He was able to cover ground quickly.

Jobs by Elkton and Watertown, South Dakota, are completed, and now Gary is taking the time to help us out with our own corn around Ivanhoe, Minnesota. That corn is being hauled to the elevator since it would be a pretty far trip hauling it all the way to our bins at home. We have done that in the past, but it’ll work out this year. It will also mean that there will be less to haul in over the winter.

Our crew out in Roscoe, South Dakota, still has some acres to cover, but hopefully they will wrap those up pretty soon. I think they are ready to be done out there. They don’t have a cook, so it sounds like when they return home they will be due a well-made, home cooked meal. We’ll make sure they get it.

It won’t be long now, maybe another week or so, and we will start the arduous task of retrieving all our equipment and bringing it back home. It’ll need to be cleaned up and stored away for winter. Campers will get cleaned out and winterized to be stored as well. All our combines will be brought back to Jaycox Implement in Worthington, Minnesota. We have new machines ordered for next year that will hopefully be ready for us to pick up from Grand Island, Nebraska, this winter.

This week has been bittersweet, though. It’s a great feeling to be close to the end of harvest, but not when you hear tragic news. There’s a lot of tragic news each day, but this news hit a little too close to home for me. A fellow harvester lost his life a few days ago in a farming accident. I didn’t know him personally, but he was young, with a very young family. I would like to say that all our thoughts and prayers are with him, and his family. #augersoutforbrad

Christy Paplow can be reached at

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  • Tricia Schumacher
    Posted at 10:31h, 15 November

    Drove through Grand Island on Sunday. There were rows and rows of combines at the plant. Hope they got all the parts on them and ready to go!!

    • Christy Paplow
      Posted at 10:42h, 15 November

      Me, too!

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  • Tom Stegmeier
    Posted at 18:48h, 17 November

    Great read Christy !! When I worked on the drilling rigs in Nothern Alberta if the food was poor,the word would get out and the rig would have quite a time to keep hands ‘ You should do a weigh in and a weigh out for your crew to see how the boys do over the harvest run .How did your own crops yield ,how many acres do you have . Glad you are on the home stretch ,Work Safe !!

    • Christy Paplow
      Posted at 13:12h, 18 November

      Hey Tom. Many of the guys this year have complained that they’ve needed to purchase new pants! I’d say they definitely got a full tummy the majority of the time. Paul has about 1,600 acres of rented ground. His beans did well averaging around 60 in Iowa, and 40 in Minnesota. Corn was also good, but I haven’t heard the finally tally on just how good. Thanks for reading!!

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