Minnesota Farmers Race To Finish Up 2021 Harvest Work Before Possible Snow
I am sure this is hard to believe, but I think you would be hard-pressed to find a farmer that would complain about the weather this fall. I remember last fall, it was cold, cloudy, frequent rains, and a couple of times we had to wait for the snow to melt so we could combine corn! This fall was the exact opposite with almost perfect weather. However, even though it was very nice many farmers are still pushing hard to finish up before the rain and snow in the forecast.
Driving home from the farm last night I saw farmers still injecting manure, applying anhydrous ammonia, ripping corn stalks, and one farmer was still harvesting corn. Last Sunday I pressure washed my combine and this afternoon my cousin Chad is coming over to help put machinery in the shed. Then you want to check the strength of the anti-freeze on a warm day too. If you do have to add anti-freeze you must run the diesel engine for a while until the thermostat opens up.
Then you must check all around the yard for anything you may have laid down somewhere when you were busy during harvest. It is a nasty surprise when you hit it with the snowblower. Then I must check the heater in the good house to make sure that is working properly. Finally, the corn dryer is empty, but I have to crawl into it and clean out the fines and put used oil on the floor to prevent it from rusting.
Over the years every farmer has developed a list like this, things to do before snow and really cold weather arrive. It sure makes it easier to get it done during nice weather. Thank you Mother Nature! Maybe this is payback for how tough it was last fall?