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Ground prep and wheat seeding follows combines

XtremeAg farmers Chad Henderson and Lee Lubbers waste no time preparing their ground and seeding winter wheat behind the combines.


Chad Henderson is part of a fifth-generation farming operation in Madison, Alabama. Henderson Farms operates over 8,000 acres of dryland and irrigated corn, dryland soybeans, wheat, and dryland and irrigated double-crop soybeans. When not farming, Chad can be found carrying on another proud family tradition as a drag racer for Henderson Racing.

Soybean harvest is coming along. Right now, we are desiccating our beans just enough in front of the combines to get them in the hopper within the harvest window. We don’t want the beans to get a big rain once they’ve desiccated. We will be cutting a lot of soybean trials this week. It’s going to be interesting to compare the different treatment areas. The trial information we gather is going to be used to drive our decisions for next year’s bean crop. There is always more to learn and try.

Soybeans at sunset on an Alabama farm
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I'm excited to look at the results of our corn harvest this season. We did some different things this year in terms of applications and timing to push yield later in the season.

We are also getting ready to plant wheat. All of our wheat ground has been worked and we have spread our lime to control soil pH. We typically aim to start planting wheat around Oct. 20.

A pile of lime on an Alabama farm
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Lee Lubbers of Gregory, South Dakota, grew up in the farming tradition, and remembers well using leftover scholarship money as the down payment for his first tractor and rent for 200 acres. Today, he farms more than 17,000 acres of dryland soybeans, corn, and wheat. Lubbers says one of the most important things to him is to always be learning and challenging himself to build an operation and a legacy that the next generation can be proud of.

We’re off to the races. Fall harvest and wheat seeding have officially started. We’ve been very dry this season and it shows on the soybean crop. There's a lot of variability in yield, even in the same pass, due to soil types and how it could hold moisture a little bit longer. The field averages are better than expected for being so dry and the quality is pretty good. We have small and large beans in the same sample, yet test weight is good so far.

We are running five combines total now: one of our machines, along with four custom cutter machines, to get the crop out as fast as possible.

A farmer fills an air seeder on a South Dakota farm
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We are also seeding wheat right behind the harvesters with two 60-foot air seeders. We are no-tilling, placing seed and starter fertilizer this pass.

So far everything is flowing smoothly and safely. It’s a super busy time of year. The days and nights go by fast. After we are done with soybean harvest and wheat seeding, we will switch over to corn harvest. Stay safe everyone.

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