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Just another day in the life of a guy

This guy turned 50 last week.  The farmer in the family. He’s not the type to want a party, he doesn’t even drink much at all.  So instead of a party we headed to nature, sort of.  We were heading to Wyoming for our nephew’s wedding, since we were near Yellowstone (meaning like 7 hours)  his gift was visiting there. That’s what he wanted, he had never been.

This is the guy that loves to talk about hunting, nature, and farming. So you can imagine his excitement when we were making our way to our destination and we came upon a momma bear and two cubs.

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I am not kidding you when I share with you that my husband was like a child in a candy store that I had just told “you can have anything you want!”  You can imagine what he did.  Turned around, parked as quickly as possible, grabbed his phone, and binoculars and was out of the car. All the while telling our 8-year-old daughter to look!

So that was  gift #1, seeing the bears.  Seriously. I bet it’s on his top 5 greatest moments in life.  Yes, they were that close, and we were not even in Yellowstone National Park.

We spent an entire day driving through and making the normal stops on the lower loop.   I know he loved it and if he could have would have had his tent out there camping right alongside those bison, wolves, elk, and whatever other varmint lives there.  Yep.  That’s my guy.

The #2 gift was this moment.

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See the velvet still on his rack.

It’d been a long day and although we’d seen bison we hadn’t seen much else in regards to animals.  We were making our way back down the other loop and there were cars stopped and the traffic had slowed.  (This is a hint that there is probably one of those animals there and many people are snapping their cameras at them!)

Sure enough, there was an Elk Bull right next to the road just enjoying his mid-day snack. He wasn’t paying any attention to the cars, just enjoying life. (I could take a lesson from this ol’ boy!)  Milton once again got excited. The elk was literally only one lane away from Milton’s window.

Every fall my husband makes his way to Colorado to hunt elk.  He has muzzle loaded hunted for probably over 20 years with the same group of guys. This one thing in our marriage he would never give up.  (Yes I’ve tried, thank goodness our daughter was born in March not September!) He has shot elk, but of course has never been this close to a live one.

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Shot by they farmer in 2009. Proud moment for the guy!

Once again I got to see the excitement that isn’t shown too often from this guy I married. I also was able to see him teach his daughter about something he loves.  Nature and wild animals.  She happens to love animals as well so it works out awesomely!

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She went on her first river float, white water rapids is probably next!

Then there was gift # 3 that was sort of spur of the moment.  But it did fall on his actually birthday and he was thrilled with it.  Just check out the picture below for proof!  He had not been white water rafting for many years, I signed him up, and off he went!

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So, although it wasn’t a big party I’m pretty sure this guy enjoyed his 50th birthday. Just ask him!

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Perhaps it wasn’t just another day in  a guy’s (his) life. And maybe,  since his 40th birthday, his wife learned what really makes him happy.  Here’s hoping the next 50 years are full of blessings for you!

Grace is a gift,

Julie


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Farm Post Friday – 7/15/2016 – More from the Fields

The pictures below were taken on Monday the 11th.  I have marked the photos so you know which what crop you are viewing.

We have planted 126 acres of non-irrigated corn.

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We have planted 27  acres of irrigated corn.  This corn was planted after the wheat was harvested in June and straw was baled from the wheat field.  That is the reason it is so much smaller than the previous photograph.  There is a center pivot that irrigates it.

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We have 64 acres of grain sorghum (milo).  We chose not to plant more for various reasons, one being the grain price and expense combined would not fair well probably for us.  We are fighting weeds in this particular field and he has went out recently and manually cut some out.

Grain Sorghum Milo

We planted 90 acres of  soybeans.  The picture below is flood irrigated.  Which means that my husband goes out twice a day to check on the water, and change the furrows to be watered. The furrows are the trench like rows between the rows of soybeans that water flows down.  We can not water the entire field all at once.  20160711_063911

The photograph below is non-irrigated soybeans in their current state.   The non-irrigated only gets moisture when the rain comes from the sky!  We planted 258 acres of these.

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This past week we have laid more irrigation pipe, this time some plastic pipe that hasn’t been used in about three years.  We will flood irrigate the other side of this field using the pond water.  We brought a motor in and setup next to the pond.

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This is the pond we will drain water from to water the soybean crop.  It hasn’t been this full for sometime!

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In fact earlier this week it was overflowing into the field of soybeans.  We will not irrigate from the pond until probably August when the soybeans will need moisture more than now.

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This is a close-up of the bloom on a soybean plant.  This is where the bean will produce if all goes well!

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I think this is just a pretty picture in itself.   It’s amazing how from one seed something can produce more goodness.

We’ll leave you for now, but if you have questions be sure to comment here or on our other social media pages.  We look forward to helping you learn more about Kansas Farming!

Grace is a gift,

Julie

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