On Tuesday evening we were able to wrap up harvest 2021! It was just in time as wet and cool weather hit us the following morning. A generous neighbor came with his combine to help us across the finish line. Having two machines running in soybeans was a relief, especially when facing the weather conditions. The soybean yields were impressive all fall. This will be our second best soybean yields ever, across the whole farm! We have been doing some fall herbicide burn-down spraying and hope to do more if the weather cooperates. If it dries up we have some light tillage work to do but the conditions for that do not look promising. We may push that work back to spring.
As seen in the pictures below, we continued to see bald eagles almost daily near the end of harvest. In the past we have been followed by seagulls while doing tillage as they eat the worms as they are turned up. Now it seems these eagles have learned to follow the combines and watch for rabbits and other small prey pushed out the end of the rows. Nature always adapts. They are neat birds to see up that close out in the open! The pictured eagle was on the Woolums farm less than 100 yards from the house.
Lynne Rudasill has taken up a new hobby as a drone pilot. She brought her drone to the field during harvest and edited a short video. We are impressed by her skills and think you will be too! Here is a link to her video taken while harvesting soybeans at the Niewold and Amergen farms. JAMF Harvest Video Thanks Lynne!