10/7/13: Excitement on the Farm!
The past few weeks have been filled with excitment on the farm. On Thursday evening the 3rd, Grant and Logan welcomed Elizabeth Maye Noland into the family. She weighed 7lbs, measured 20.5″ and already has more hair than her older brother Hudson! All are doing well, and are thrilled to have a new baby in our family.
Corn harvest now stands at 30% complete, with yields in Southern Macon/Northern Christian County being terrific (a few timely rain events in August). Soybean harvest should start this week, and the Asgrow seedbeans will be the first to be cut for the 2013 season.
Since our last update, our semi’s have been busy moving products in-and-out/back-and-forth. We finished hauling 28% liquid fertilizer into our storage for the 2014 crop, continued delivering lime to field locations and delivered dry corn out of our on-farm storage to ADM’s Decatur corn processing facility. Typically, we deliver corn out from our grain storage during the period following harvest through the summer months… the greater than expected yeilds prompted moving additional bushels on the front-side of this year’s harvest. The ability to deliver to the end user during harvest is typically not logistically possible for our operation due to the delivery point’s distance, but utilizing our semi’s and a couple FOB semi’s allowed us to take advantage of this great opportunity. Each year provides unique opportunties to capture additional value in the marketplace… lining out the logistics to execute is often the tricky aspect! Last week, we began working corn ground that will be planted back into corn for 2014. The recent rain events have stopped that operation, but we anticipate resuming field activities in the next few days.