Improvements

We have been trying to prepare for the fall crop on top of everything else that has to be done around here.  We didn’t get as much of a break as we normally do in the summer, because of the way everything worked out this time around.  We had to replant sweet potatoes, so that wasn’t finished until early July.  We also waited on rain to plant our soybeans so they were about two weeks later than normal.  We got to sneak away for a couple of days to go on a camping trip and then it was right back to business.  Because of the lack of rain some of the Dairy’s corn has ripened earlier than expected.  That means everyone is working on cutting silage.  This past Saturday, we did get to start on our improvement project.  My husband worked on smoothing out the pad that the trailers sit on and making room for the third trailer.  We also will be pushing them back some, so that we have more room to park and unpack trailers.  It will also be graveled so that it will be easier to maintain.  I am all for anything that makes my yard look better.  The next step is to put the trailers back and bring home the third trailer.  Each year we have been trying to improve the sweet potato operation.  Last year we added a HVAC unit to our insulated trailer, power/ water to the trailers, and a packing shed.  This year, we have a lot of plans, so hopefully we can accomplish them all.  We are adding a third storage trailer and lights to two trailers.  We actually pack potatoes in the trailers, so lights are going to be a great addition.  The third trailer is going to help us be able to store more potatoes.  Last year, we struggled with storage and we actually had less potatoes than we should have had.  If we have an awesome crop this year then two trailers are just not going to hold them all.  We have to have a place to cure our potatoes so that they will last much longer.  The hope is that this year is going to go even more smoothly than last year.  Our first year was a huge learning experience and our second year just went so much better.  The goal would be for this year to get even better.  Sweet potatoes are still a few weeks off, but the time will be here before we know it.  The first thing that will be ready will be our corn.  We always bag some corn in bags for deer hunters.  We have started getting calls for corn, so we will be harvesting it as early as we possibly can.  I do plan to update soon, because we have tons of things happening right now.

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