Harvest is winding down in northwest Ohio. Soybeans are over 90 percent done and corn is around 80 percent done. The community I live in is full of type-A personalities, so nearly everything is done. If the weather turns dry, everyone will be out with chisel plows, but now it is wet enough that there is some question if doing tillage will do any good. I finished my corn harvest on November 19 (about a month later than last year). My corn averaged 175 bu./acre which is way more than we had anticipated. If there is one thing I learned this year, it's that farming is an inexact science. The corn planted the second week in June out-yielded the corn planted in early May. Some of the varieties that did the best last year were my poorest this year.
I needed some parts for my hopper wagons that my dealer didn't have in stock. I went directly to the Kill Bros. factory in Delphos, Ohio. I was puzzled to see that there were no hopper wagons on their lot. Usually they have an inventory of 300 to 400 wagon boxes stacked up and ready to ship. I asked what happened and they said their entire inventory was sold out. They were also adding a large addition on to the factory. Unverferth which is their parent company is also adding space in Kalida, Ohio. They too have a backlog of orders.