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Farm Post Friday – 1/29/15

Now that I am on my way with this new blog I’ve decided that I’d like to have Friday’s be our day to focus on the farm.  Farm Post Friday’s!  I’m not sure what they will look like exactly, but my hope is for it to be agriculture related.  My best guess would be they would include a nice mixture of farm family stories, educational posts, pictorial posts, and whatever else inspires me in life, on the farm!

Let’s visit about what the farmer has been up to and no-till farming shall we?!

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The farmer is digging below the past crop to see if the new crop is making it’s way out.

This week the farmer headed to the No Till on the Plains conference.  He had not been for a few years and wanted to get caught up on all things no till!  Our farm operation is 100% no-till farming except for 60 acres that are flood irrigated.

At the conference he took in a lot of information, these are a couple photos from his sessions.

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Rain simulator one on left continuous notill with cover crop others are tilled ground. Rain penetrated the soil profile on the no till one. ‪

Cover crops

We do not currently do cover crops but are interested in the difference they make. Staying educated is very important in agriculture.

Below you will see a field that is No-till and currently has wheat growing in it. We will harvest the wheat this summer.

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No Till Wheat 2016

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Wheat field – 2016 harvest

This field currently does not have a crop in it.  We will be planting either Grain sorghum or Corn in it, which will occur this spring.

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No crop currently planted

One thing that is almost daily in our farm life is watching the grain markets.  No longer does one have to watch the lunch time news or listen to the radio at certain times of the day to obtain the current market price.  My spouse and I both receive text messages and we also take a gander online, straight from our smartphones at our elevator’s website.  This is a screen shot for you.

Markets Grain

This was the morning of January 27, 2016. We like the green arrows more than the red!

At our farm, we store grain both at the elevator and at home.  Sometimes we will contract our grain ahead of time, but primarily we sell throughout the year.  The price is the amount one gets per bushel, but there are other factors deducted before final payment is made to us.

And what farm wouldn’t be complete without a farm dog!  Charlie is our youngest daughter’s buddy!  I personally feel he barks too much at night but the coyotes are thick in our area apparently!

Farm dog

I hope you found this post interesting and feel free to ask questions or comment with your own experience with No-till farming.  Whether you have a farm connection or not, we enjoy visiting with all of you!

Grace is a gift,

Julie

 

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Raising Them Up – Letting Go

Written on 8/11/2015.  

Another one of those that was living in the drafts of another blog! Just too important not to post I thought! And just last night I thought about the little things lately that we no longer get to help her perform. Bittersweet moment in life.  🙂

My friend shared this post on Facebook.  After I read the awesome post I felt inspired to write something of my own.  Here goes.

As I read the post I found myself thinking back on my day at home.  It was summer, which meant that my seven year old daughter was with me.  Although on this particular day we didn’t intermingle much. She spent most of the day in another room.

The girl only watched 1 hour of TV total by  6:00 p.m. and that was not all at once.  That meant that she spent her day primarily playing.  Alone!

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I would run back and forth from the room I was deep cleaning to the laundry room during the day.   As I passed by what used to be our “family room” that is now a “play room” she was intently building something new with her Legos.  Then the next time she would be in her cardboard box and then another time playing with her left over stuff from Camp Invention.  A few times I found her in her bedroom playing too.

Before I ever read the post my friend shared, I had been thinking throughout the day how amazing it was that she would play and entertained herself.  See, she has siblings but they aren’t here.  They are adults with their own families, so she is basically an only child.

I recall the days where she would not play much alone.  She needed her Daddy or Mommy’s attention (mostly Daddy’s by the way) to have fun.  So, I presume some maturity has came along and although we do play together often, it isn’t as needed as before.

I also decided this summer was  good time to start having her read alone before bed. No more (again mostly) Daddy or Mommy laying with her for a few minutes.  Don’t worry, she adjusted quite well, Daddy, well that’s another story! 🙂

Raising my other two daughters has helped me to realize that this time with my youngest goes at a rapid speed.  I value the precious little things, take lots of pictures, and sit a little longer with her if needed.  It has also taught me to pick my battles, discipline better with love, and teach daily about Christ. I was a good mom to them but I think the youngest is benefiting from a more focused mother.

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My youngest daughter will be making her way to 2nd grade next week.  She will start learning more, have more homework, opportunities for several extracurricular activities, and possibly new friendships.

I know with each day that passes she will grow up and one day leave our home.   I could say that one day she will venture out into the world, but to be honest, she is already doing that.  Daily.  The girl ventures out into a world that has opportunities, misfortune, pain, happiness, joys, and so much more.  All I can do as her parent is hope that I have taught her that she is valued, that she is loved, that she matters, and that she is never ever alone.

Grace is a gift,

Julie

 

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