It’s been cold here lately, and today is the best we’ve had in a while, at 45. But we got done with harvest in November, and most of the people are out of the ground here.
Harvest was good. We had some pleasant surprises and some disappointment on some stuff that didn’t go as well as we would have liked. But we’re hauling it out and trying to get situated and organized for the end of the year.
For the last few weeks, we’ve been getting some year-end stuff done — we do a lot of custom work, so that’s getting taken care of; we’re delivering corn on some contracts for December and getting the bills sent. Pretty soon I’ll be looking more closely at the cropping plan.
We’re all frozen over at this point, and we didn’t get any ground prepping done. The cold came about three days before we were done harvesting. We had one little break to get dirt-work done, but we couldn’t rip at all. It’s frozen solid.
As far as insights from the season go, I really haven’t had enough time to analyze it yet to see what worked well. I’m having a hard time trying to find much of anything that we did different that I liked and that I want to repeat.
Initially though, it seems the shorter season did better than the longer season for the second year in a row — it was pretty dramatic on that. So we’ll be shortening our beans from here on out.