Behold, harvest has finished, but not without one of the most tortuous endings I have known. Two weeks ago with a mere 200 acres of corn left, a relatively benign season reverted to the sad average.
- The turbocharger issue on our 9570 continues. Although currently "functional" neither the mechanics nor we have any confidence this third one will last long. Something is screwy in the electronics. High marks to the service people, but there aren't that many spares around, and the problem seems to be deeper than we can diagnose.
- Thanks to a good friend and neighbor who helped with 70 acres of specialty corn that was less horrible than we thought.
- When we spoke to our CIH dealer about our situation he offered a demo 7120 to get the last 60 acres. This was a two-class leap (V to VII) and the machine blew our socks off.
- Meanwhile, a faithful old IH1800 tandem broke. By "broke" I mean Jan called me in South Bend (everything happens on Thursday night when I leave to tape USFR) and said just that: "The truck broke." When I asked what part she meant she said the "whole thing".
Jan was brilliant - carefully lowering the bed as far as it would go and preventing a sideways collapse. Aaron got to scoop out yet another truck.
So with help from a cousin's truck we limped across the finish line. We ended with our worst field (corn-on-corn) which left a bad taste in our mouths. But we finished.
So I hope to be posting a little more often. I just haven't been able to think of other things for a while.
Really need rain here too.