Scribner, Neb.

Bearing is a word with many definitions. The quantity of definitions is however outnumbered by the quantity of mechanical bearings on a combine. At the Ready farm our combine has been getting its preseason checkup and bearings in many locations are being replaced.

Our soybeans continue to drop leaves and corn has reached maturity and is in dry down mode.

Through this prep work, you might say we are getting our bearings. This definition helps us choose our direction or path along which to move. We share our combine with my brother so we need to communicate well when trying to select the direction or path of harvest. So many things can change the plans so we have to be adaptable.

In other words, there are many factors that have a bearing on how we proceed. The relevant relation or interconnection of the crop condition, weather, time and labor available dictate what gets done. We hope for the best and prepare for the worst. We also know that harvest is a stressful time for all. Long days and busy weekends are the norm as we work around Sid’s teaching responsibilities.

Currently, Anna and I are in Madison, Wisconsin for the National 4-H Youth Dairy Conference. This event has around 200 4-Hers in attendance and they learn about the many facets of the dairy industry.

Currently about 25 states and three Canadian provinces send delegates to the conference. 4-Hers involved in the dairy project are eligible to attend and need to contact extension office to get more information. Anna attended last year as a delegate and is returning this year as a member of the planning committee. A highlight of the conference is a trip to World Dairy Expo. This dairy show and trade exposition is a showcase of all things dairy.

When we get home we will be ready for the work of fall. Harvest is rewarding and bearing the burden together is not only more effective, but also safer and more fun for all. Have a safe and successful harvest.

November soybean basis is at $1.02 and December corn basis is $0.25 at the Scribner CVA. – Ruth Ready

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