Salina, Kan.

Thankfully, the rains finally came to our area right around the time of our last report. We had already received an inch of rain in the first few days of October and we were lucky enough to catch another inch and a half a few days later. While the fields were wet, a lot of maintenance work was going on in the shop, mostly on our harvest equipment.

The fields were dry enough for us to get back out to cut some corn Monday. We are sitting about 70 percent done harvesting corn. Wednesday, we found some soybean fields that would go, and we are around 75 percent done with beans now. Once soybeans and corn are cut, we should be able to move right into milo harvest. We also got back to drilling wheat on Wednesday and we are halfway done with that.

Cattle started coming home on Monday. We are weaning at our feedlot.

I had a setback in the office this past week. I keep up with all the payables, receivables, payroll, etc. Last Friday, the power supply in my computer went out and I have been waiting patiently as it gets repaired. My to-do pile just keeps getting bigger! We have been using CenterPoint Accounting for Agriculture by Red Wing for the last year-and-a-half and have really liked it. We have used Farm Books through Kansas Farm Management, Quickbooks, and Farm Works from Trimble Ag Software over the years, but I think we have finally found the accounting software that works for us. Each of the other programs we have tried has good qualities, but it’s important to find a program that works well for your operation. Reports are very important to our operation, as we use them to discuss production and financial decisions with family, employees, and our bankers, and we have been very happy with the report selection CenterPoint has to offer.

Local commodity prices: Cargill in Salina — wheat $3.34, milo $3.24, soybeans $8.96, corn $2.99. — Darcy Bradley