He had to figure out just how much to let standing in order to fill the crib full enough that the level of corn was at least above the roof line without having any left over. He wanted to keep the rain and snow off the top of the corn so it could remain dry and mold free, just like it's supposed to be!
So here's why we all had to take math classes in school...
First figure out how many bushels of corn the crib holds...then figure out how many bushels of corn yield from an acre...then look at your field maps and look at the remaining corn and decided how many acres are remaining...then ask yourself if it will be enough or too much?
Then you start picking...
Oh wait! First you get the corn crib ready. You set up the elevator so that the corn goes inside the crib and not out over the roof!
Then you start picking and unloading.
Jim's friend Phil came on Saturday morning and unloaded wagons for about 4 1/2 hours! Thanks Phil! (I can move a two wheeled cart like the cow trailer just fine, but haven't ever practiced on a four wheeled wagon, so I was a bit helpless here)
After Phil left, I unloaded a couple of wagons that were set up for me. This is Jim unloading one of the last bin wagons, just before milking time.
When I was a girl, I remember climbing up into the wagon on top of the corn, pushing it down towards the open door with my feet to help my Dad unload faster. Our kids did the same, years ago!
Coming down the home stretch! I love it when I can see the road again! That's a two row picker pulled by the 170, which is hidden by the corn. One complete round, up and back, filled a bin wagon...
One of the last loads going into the crib. How do you think Jim's estimate was?
I'd say it was just about perfect! There was only enough room remaining under the peak of the roof for a partial load.
It pays to pay attention in math class! :)