January 1 2019

As usual my blogs are a long time apart. A comment from a friend yesterday made me realize that people do look at this from time to time so as he stated maybe I should update from time to time.
Seems that in our world of farming every year it is a new experience. I am 65 years old and I learn things that I would like to do different for the next growing season ever year, despite doing this since I was old enough to work.
I would like to talk about the things that always remains the same for me first of all. The love of God ,and taking care of the land that he created for us to maintain while we are on this earth, despite the up and downs and the trials of farming, my love for the job remains strong. There is something about the feel of earth in your hand as you dig in the earth to check the planting depth of your seed in the spring, knowing that in just a few months that we will be reaping what we have sowed.
We lost my mother this past March, leaving a hole that cannot be filled, except with fond memories of a life well lived of 93 years. So fortunate growing up in a house full of love with a Mom and Dad that taught us the values of how to live our lives.
Our family remains strong with our sons farming with us and the grandkids at the farm a lot and riding in equipment. Our oldest Eli drives equipment quite a bit now when he has time from school and sports. He did not get to drive much this fall because of breaking his collarbone in football, but he has healed back up now.
We had a good corn crop this year, not quite as good as last year because mainly too much rain on our Indiana land the first week of June, it was unusually dry at planting time but the crop emerged well and was needing some rain, then we had 5 inches one day and about 2 days later we had 9 more inches in Indiana and the corn was at the stage where it yellows it up and it could not fully recover. Our corn yields in Crawford county were great,and around home was in between the two. That is the advantage of being spread out, the weather can be a lot different from one area to the next. Our corn yields were from 120 to 260, quite a range. The bean crop was the best we have had going from 60-90 with the early planted and early variety’s being once again the best.
Excess water will not damage beans as much as corn, if it survives they can recover.
The prices remain low but farming goes in stages, just waiting for the next leg up in prices from hopefully more demand for our product. Or it may come from a crop failure some where around the world, just have to hope it’s not in our neighborhood!
We continue to grow some with adding 2 more rental farms for next year totaling 330 acres with both being good land, looking forward to the new land, we did install field tile on one of these this fall, love making improvements to farms.
As I have said before I will try and write more blogs and get some new pictures added.
Dennis/ Ivers Farms

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