Farm Post Friday or Monday – Corn Harvest 2016

We finished harvesting all our non-irrigated corn on 9/23/2016, which happen to be my father in law’s 88th birthday!  In the last year he hasn’t be able to help as much but you can still see him occasionally checking in on the activity around the farm.   He was born 88 years ago with his twin brother in the house he still lives in.  That’s a pretty cool thing if you ask me!

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This year the farmer started harvesting corn on September 3rd.

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Luckily the rest of our corn wasn’t quite ready and rain made it’s appearance too.  The reason it was luck is because Milton was heading out for his elk hunting trip!  He was able to get an elk while there and come home rejuvenated and ready to cut the rest of the corn!

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This go around  two of his hunting buddies helped us by being truck drivers for a couple days.  I think it made for a good time by all and my job was feeding the crew!

 

Here’s a breakdown on the meals I provided. We had roast, potatoes, carrots, and homemade peach cobbler one evening.

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The next day I prepared a new recipe, Baked Spaghetti.  It made a lot and tasted quite good! I served it with salad and garlic bread. Homemade Snickerdoodle cookies were a hit from what my husband tells me!

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Another day for lunch I ran into town and got us delicious pan fried chicken special from our local diner.  It was great and the pineapple cake was to die for!  I need to see if can get that recipe!

I think my favorite memory from this corn harvest was feeding the crew at the field with our youngest daughter in tow.  Even Grandpa dropped by to check on things!  It just gives me a warm heart writing about it! Good conversation, our daughter getting to know her Dad’s friends, and her uncle giving her a hard time!

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Speaking of the farm kid, one afternoon I was searching for her as she hadn’t come back from Grandma’s house next door.  I found her sweeping corn into the pit.  I snapped a photo because in the future she may not be so willing to do farm labor! 🙂

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FS, one of the guys that helped us, took the two combine sunset photos  while my husband harvested.  I so appreciate him taking them and sharing them with us.  Can’t wait to have them printed!

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When we began our journey into corn harvest we thought it would basically be just the farmer combining and hauling grain himself.   God, once again provided not only help but great friends to share the experience with.  It’s nice to have friends that seem more like family.

Our irrigated corn isn’t ready to be harvested yet and now the farmer has to do a little work on the combine.  Grain sorghum and soybeans are still in the fields so that is up next for the fall harvest. In addition,  he will be prepping the grain drill for wheat sowing.  It’s a cycle folks, one that he loves.  Before we know it there will be “amber waves of grain” before us and a little girl watching her Daddy care for the land!

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Until next time!

Julie