Wednesday, December 3, 2014

3 Million Pageviews

We quickly jumped from 2 million to 3 million pageviews of this blog this year.  I personally thank every single one of you who believe in me to read a snippet of what I think.  That in itself is very humbling.  I don't know if you can see this or not but I will link the total here.

I started this blog six years ago come January 1 on a dare from my wife LuAnn.  I didn't even know what a blog was.  I think she was tired of hearing my stories and wanted me to put them on the Internet so she could distract me!

It's a cold old nasty almost winter day in far southwest Ohio but we are toasty warm with our Merrimack insert and Countryside corn burner.  We like to keep the propane delivery visits down to a minimum and we have done that but that propane furnace and heat pump has kept this old 1880 4 brick home comfortable until I tend the stoves.

I got the Merrimack the hottest I have in its short life here in Martinsville last night.  It was so hot I had problems putting more wood in like I used to on the old Defiant wood stove before we retired to bed.

I have been crunching numbers this morning and trying to figure out how I dig myself out of the hole I dug this year.  My corn crop was lousy, just too much rain.  I should have made that gut decision I had in April to switch to soybeans.  That would have been a good move.  I never anticipated the $3 corn we had this year and never dreamed our good country could raise 175 bu per acre nationwide but we did.

I am not sure how we are going to do this.  Many farmers are planting all beans next year but that is not what the market is saying either.

I am prepared to plant beans or corn depending on what happens between now and planting time but it is leaning strong towards beans today.  If I can them in on time, I have enough good wheat seed to plant more wheat next fall.

3 million pageviews just blows me away.  That's a few more than the students I taught over 31 years.

Is that anything like 3 million corn stalks?

Ed Winkle