Salina, Kan.

The holidays have come and gone, and we are still trying to finish fall harvest. We harvested as much as we could before the rain came on Dec. 26, even cutting some on Christmas Day. We recorded 1.70 inches the day after Christmas. The partial ground freeze allowed us to start cutting again on Jan. 3. The temperatures have started to get warmer so we won’t get much more done until things dry up. At least the forecast is dry with the warm temperatures.

Much time and energy has been spent reviewing and analyzing our current crop rotation and other possible rotations. We are trying to balance out not only what is best for the soil, but also what will be profitable for us and our landlords. We also want to be mindful of the workloads we create during different times of the year with each rotation option. Nothing would have prepared us for the kind of year we had in 2018, but we are doing our due diligence to try to minimize the possibilities of it happening again in the future.

In our downtime from harvesting, lots of work was done to the combines. Pulling so much of the plant material through the machine is hard on it, but we are also pulling in a lot of mud. It’s been a struggle keeping all the machines running well.

The cattle are doing fine. They are still out grazing on the cut milo fields and the triticale.

Some of the guys are heading to the Corn School in Salina tomorrow. Hopefully, they will come back with some useful information.

Local commodity basis level: Cargill in Salina: wheat, -.15; milo, -.35; corn, -.30; soybeans, -1.00. — Darcy Came Bradley