Greetings All!
As the second half of 2015 forges ahead, so does the collaborative effort on our farm to prepare for fall harvest! Prior to breaking into the agriculture/farming industry by beginning my career with Pinicon Farm, I definitely underestimated what exactly this preparation and work consisted of. Having only worked here for a little over a year now, I have developed an entirely new respect for the farming profession.
After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa in 2011, I began my career in Cedar Rapids, IA. I envisioned myself moving to the east coast and building my career in a building that had no less than 30 floors. Little did I know or anticipate meeting “Mr. Right” two years later, relocating to Saint Ansgar, IA, and now us having a beautiful 9 month old who changed our whole lives. As HR Specialist here on the farm, my duties include a wide array of tasks and responsibilities. As you can imagine, things are especially hectic in my field this year with all of the health insurance regulations changing as well as many other evolving HR concepts. The thing I love most about building my career here is that I can find innovative ways to build the HR department and bring value that has not been developed prior to my position being filled. For example, we just had our first victorious “Pinicon Team Building Day.” We went on a canoeing trip near Decorah, IA where learned a lot about how personalities differ, teamwork, and most importantly how we can incorporate these concepts everyday on the farm. More excitement to come in the HR department in October as myself and our administrative office assistant, Cortney, will be attending the biggest career fair yet at Iowa State University.
As fall quickly approaches, our team is working day in and out to prepare for a successful harvest season. A critical priority this month is continuing to deliver corn daily to Absolute Energy outside of Lyle, MN. The trucking team has been shooting to achieve six loads per truck, per day. Having approximately 500,000 bushels left to haul, this goal will ensure timely delivery of the rest of the corn. Carl Brumm, with Skyline Agrinautics, has also just finished up spraying the last of our corn for the season. In the meantime, Nick and Kyle have completed the application of fungicide on all of our corn and beans. That being said, we are continuing to watch for those pesky soybean aphids.
Ditch mowing has been somewhat of a struggle this month considering the high amount of rain we have been getting, but Dan and Lewis have been successfully completing the challenging task. However, the rain has not put a damper on Bert following through by working with our vendors to finish the irrigation pivot project. The irrigation pivots are now in proper operation.
In 2016, we will begin to custom finish our own hogs at Grove Hog site. Backhoe work on this hog site is currently underway and Donavan continues to work on this to push us one step closer to this being done. As for the rest of our hog sites, Ben’s landscaping services have been quite impressive and improving the sites appearance this summer. We are considering adding this task to his job description. 
Nick and Bert have completed fertilizer recommendations on all farms. We have purchased and taken delivery of all fall plow down. Chris has been very busy this month installing our 30,000 gallon LP tank here at the McIntire shop.
If there is one thing I have learned, it is that there is never a slow or unproductive day here at the farm! Hope everybody has a fun and safe Labor Day. See you all next month!