Monday, September 29, 2014
Buy Propane and Natural Gas Futures :)
The big Farmers around here have had to stop harvesting a couple of times this season because their bins are filling up. They need to stop and allow the dryers to get the feed corn and such to the proper moisture levels before moving it into other storage arrangements. If this keeps up and we get the harsh Winter some are predicting might be a good time to invest in Natural Gas and Propane a bit because we are going to use a lot of it.
Luckily the weather and temperatures look like they have been cooperating in spades so there hasn't been any worry or the added tension of a massive rush to get it all done. The atmosphere has been quite festive as a matter of fact. Smiles everywhere, the buzz of the dryers being heard all over the countryside, tractors, combines and loaded trucks along the roads traveling at leisurely speeds for a change. I haven't even noticed any real breakdowns or ad-hoc in the field repair programs going on this year either.
It really has been a good year for this part of the country even if we were always right on the edge of being a bit too dry the entire growing season. Overall it worked out to being just enough moisture to allow everything to flourish and retain good ground conditions for harvesting and transport. We had enough rain for the beans and corn to produce but not so much to diminish the fruit and nut crops. We did have some chaotic early conditions that harmed the Apples and Peaches a bit though and that dry spell killed my Pumpkins (maybe) or it could have been bad cross pollinated seed on my part too.
The Goldenrod flow is just about over although the Asters and late Sunflowers will allow the girls some more forage opportunities for a few more weeks yet. I plan on starting my Fall honey pulls this afternoon after I get the truck and trailer unloaded from yesterday's wood cutting. Unloading this morning has proven a slow process as I am still rather sore and stiff from yesterday's workout and unlike last week it doesn't seem to be working it's way out as fast.
The Tomato plants that are left in the garden are blooming like crazy once again although the grass hoppers are making short work of anything that starts to fruit. I even found another Hornworm the other day and I think I maybe had less than half a dozen of them all year. Wish I could say the same about the damned Squash bugs.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!