We Interrupt This Marriage To Bring You Harvest

When you fall in love with a farmer you know, or learn very quickly, that harvest is a third wheel in your marriage come fall. Spending long hours in the field leaves little time for loved ones, so farm wives and husbands need to find creative ways to get in some much-needed couple time. Here are 10 truths that all farm couples can relate to.

10 Harvest Truths for Farm Marriages

  1. Buddy Seat DatesThere will be dates in the tractor, combine or truck. If you married a farmer, chances are you’ve been on a “buddy seat date” during harvest. There’s just something romantic about having a little cab and your farmer all to yourself for a while.
  2. You will say good night or good morning over the phone or through Face Timing. Technology is great. You may not be physically together…but you can keep in touch.
  3. Meals taste better in the field with your farmer. Whether it’s in the back of a pickup truck or in the cab of the combine, harvest meals just seem to taste better when you get to eat them out in an open field with your farmer.
  4. A rare hug from your farmer will mean getting full of corn dust, dirt, oil or who knows what. But it’s totally worth it right?!
  5. You will experience “empty bed syndrome”. During harvest, you’ll find yourself waking up and going to sleep alone…that is if you get to take a break from farming yourself.
  6. There will be no planning anything. You can’t RVSP or say yes to any plans during harvest, everything is last minute based on the weather.
  7. You will check the weather often to see when the next harvesting break might come. A day off means that you get to spend some time together…even if it’s just going on a parts run.
  8. If you attend an event alone, family and friends will ask where your husband or wife is, unless they are farmers themselves. They just don’t understand, work needs to be done. Luckily you understand and give them a free pass to miss an event…just this once.
  9. You’ll have a lot of time to yourself. Too bad it will probably be spent working. Time apart makes you appreciate your time spent together more.
  10. You will find yourself more connected to Mother Nature. Most of the time you spend together as a couple will be spent breathing in fresh air and gazing over a beautiful country landscape. You’ll feel more connected to each other and the land.

Look on the bright side, harvest will be over soon and then your interrupted marriage will go back to normal…or at least until planting season! But as farmers…we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Share your story. What do you do to stay connected as a couple during harvest? Can you relate to any of the harvest truths above?

Don’t Let Coffee Shop Talk Play a Factor in Your Crop Production Plan

Did you let coffee shop talk play a factor in your crop production plan….or did you have a good crop plan in place ready to deal with adversity?

Benefits of a Cropping Plan

Cropping PlanWe know, as well as you do, that the year is filled with obstacles.  Those who have a crop plan in place are prepared to limit the effect of those obstacles.

A crop plan establishes a set of goals to prepare you for obstacles that might arise by setting up a risk management plan that will keep the focus on maximizing your production and farm profitability. If there’s anything MN weather teaches us…..a good crop plan must include risk management.

At Corn Capital Innovations, we help you look at what this year has taught us as agriculture producers…..and what we need to change to create more opportunity for you in the coming year.  When you team with CCI, you will have the confidence to take responsibility for the outcome of your harvest.

Start Planning Today!

Plan for the next crop season today! Contact Corn Capital Innovations at (320) 523-2252 and take advantage of a great hand in farming. We can help ensure that you have a plan in place.

Learn More About Our Cropping Plans 

Fall Harvest Preparation

It’s that time of year again. Early mornings, late nights, meals in the field, trips to the parts store…it’s harvest. Before the rush begins, we remind you to scout your corn fields and clean your combine and other equipment.

Scout Your Fields Using the 3 S’s

Before you start up that combine, scout your fields to make sure they’re ready to harvest. Use the 3 S’s as your guide.

  • Scout Corn FieldStage of Growth – Check if your corn has reached black layer or if the milk line is still working its way down.
  • Stock Attachment – Check how strongly your ears are attached to the shank. If ears start to fall when you lightly move it, then you may want to consider harvesting that field early.
  • Stalk Quality – Check stalk quality by grabbing a shovel, digging up a few and splitting them open about half way down. arIdeally, cannibalization should be only happening at 1 or 1 1/2 nodes above the crown.

Clean Your Combine for Seed or Identity Preserved Grain Harvest

Cleaning your combine before harvest is an important step. Are you, and your employees, following a checklist to ensure every step is being done? We have created a checklist for you to use.

  1. Open sieves and clean out doors
  2. Increase air flow to maximum
  3. Run machine in place at field RPM’s for 2-3 minutes
  4. Stop machine and shut down engine

Brush, blow, vacuum or flush with high pressure all of these items. Work from the top down:

  • Grain tank and unloading auger
  • Straw rack and grain sieves
  • Header and feeder areas
  • Cylinder and concave areas
  • Cross auger and grain elevators

Finish by letting everything dry out, and resetting sieves and air flow. Then you’re ready to harvest. Consider keeping the first 50 bushels separate as commercial or feed grain, not seed.

Clean Your Hauling and Handling Equipment

Cleaning your seed hauling and handling equipment is just as important. Here is a checklist for you or your employees to follow. Remember, safety first!

Flush, vacuum, blow or brush all of the following:

  • Augers and elevators
  • Storage bins and boxes
  • Grain beds, trucks and trailers
  • Used sacks or bags

Have a Safe & Prosperous Harvest

Wishing you all a safe and prosperous harvest in 2015. As always, we are here to help. Contact us if you have questions about scouting your fields or if you need assistance developing a cropping plan for 2016.

Prioritize Your Fall Harvest Schedule Today!

With the variable weather that has taken place in our area the previous two years there are many agronomic situations that are taking place in your corn fields.  While we cannot change the weather that has taken place, we can act today to ensure that the weather we have endured this year will not continue to affect us into harvest. The time to prioritize your fall harvest is today!  Each and every field will show a wide array of differences to the naked eye.

The time to prioritize your fall harvest is today!

The decisions you made last fall, this spring, and during the growing season will all impact the harvest ability and overall yield of this crop.  Most of the corn has, or rather is, dying prematurely.  The reasons are endless as to why this is happening.  Tillage, fertility, planting conditions, and in season applications of nutrients/fungicides will all play an important role in keeping your corn alive and finishing while mitigating the effects of the late season dry spell and heat that has taken place.

The next few weeks will be your last opportunity to investigate your corn fields and make agronomic adjustments for next year’s crop!  Here are some pictures of what we are seeing in your corn fields.

Pictures were taken 9-12-2013

Above Canopy Above Canopy 2

Above and below the canopy, lower canopy has just started to cannibalize while the upper canopy is intact, these plants are still moving nutrients up the stock and into the ear to continue the grain fill process.  This field will not be a concern at harvest due to the fact that the integrity of the plant has yet to be compromised.

Below Canopy Below Canopy 2

Above and below the canopy, these plants have used all available nutrients to finish the grain fill process.  These plants have yet to reach maturity, and all avenues for nutrients to flow to the kernel have officially stopped.  This field will be a high priority to get processed and in the bin as this field has sacrificed the integrity of the plant to attempt to finish the grain fill process.

 Pinch test Stocks Roots

To check the stalk integrity we would recommend the pinch test, placing your thumb below the ear, and pressing against the stock towards your four fingers.  You will be able to tell if the stock is sponge or intact.  It would also be beneficial to split the stalks open and look at the crown and bottom nodes of the plant to check for stock rots, which will only progress until harvest is over.

Prioritize your harvest schedule now…


Do not wait since this is one of the most fragile corn crops that we have observed in some time.  Be safe!

Questions?  Contact us today!