Monday, September 23, 2013

Harvest And Selling Grain

It's time for harvest and the marketing of our grain.  I marveled at the wisdom in today's readings during Mass from the book of Amos:

"“When will the new moon be over,” you ask,
“that we may sell our grain,
And the sabbath,
that we may open the grain-bins?
We will diminish the ephah,*
add to the shekel,
and fix our scales for cheating!b
6We will buy the destitute for silver,
and the poor for a pair of sandals;c
even the worthless grain we will sell!”

It's a full moon and the autumnal equinox is here!  The first planted soybean fields have begun to be harvested here in southwest Ohio.  I told you about all of the fields I saw harvested on the way to Farm Science Review last week, mainly on State Route 38.  Yields have been in the 40 range to a high of 70 bushels per acre.

They had the same problem harvesting and marketing grain 2800 years ago when Amos was written.  I found that ironic but so appropriate today.

Non GMO corn and soybean varieties and premiums have been a hot topic lately on Crop Talk.  Farmers are looking at fields and studying their bottom lines for profit this year and beyond.  I am taking orders for my Apex soybeans if you are interested.  Some of you have contacted me already and there should be enough to go around.

There is always great demand for nutrient dense, healthy, well raised and measured grain.  The demand has never been greater in the history of the earth!  If you are reading this, you are one of the very few producing this valuable commodity or one of the very few who understand this.

It's a cool but gorgeous day in southwest Ohio.  This picture is a recent soybean crop being harvested on our farm.

God's Blessings is upon us!

Ed Winkle