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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

 


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What’s Happening Out There In the Wide Open Spaces?

I was reminded last week on my way home from dropping our daughter off at school how important it is to continue the discussion about agriculture.
On a local (Kansas) country radio station the two DJ’s were talking about when one of them had taken a tour of a post office facility. To the DJ’s amazement he found that you could
“ship chicks.”
Hearing baby chickens in a facility like this verses at a farm might be surprising to someone.  I get that.  But then he then said “Where would you ship chicks?” (Here is where I am shaking my head).
Well, one place would be the farms of people that raise chickens or want to have their own supply of farm fresh eggs!
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My point is that even in the state of Kansas, where we are known for our wheat fields, dirt roads, wide open spaces, grazing cattle and known as a “rural” state, that even it’s residents are sometimes unaware of where food comes from, what happens outside the city they reside in or what a farm really is/does.  It isn’t just adults, it starts with the children as I’ve seen from being a little familiar with Kansas Farm Bureau‘s Ag in the Classroom.
Folks, let’s begin a conversation with our own children around the dinner table about where their food comes from.  Simple things like the difference between beef, pork, and lamb.  That the green beans out of the can are probably grown on a large  farm, not magically placed in the can.  O that the fresh ones are from a garden of someone at the farmer’s market.  
This could spark a conversation that leads to family time away from the dinner table or city you reside.  It could take you on a Saturday morning tour of a farm or watching corn, milo, or soybeans being harvested one evening.  I can’t speak for all farmers but I know quite a few that would love to share what they are passionate about and kids normally make their day.
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Take an interest in what lies before you at least three times a day for most of us.  Where does the food you eat come from?  Not only in Kansas but all over the world!
Let’s talk Kansas for a moment though.  The foundation of this great state was/is agriculture.  I know many things go into making it a great state but the agriculture basis is what started it and will continue to be present.  If you know a farmer they will stick with it till they have one foot in the ground, even if it’s not making money year after year.  
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Do I sound like I’m pleading with you?  Well maybe I am, but the reason is because it’s important to my family (and yours).  What we do here on our farm isn’t more important necessarily, it’s just essential to living.  Just like anything, if we aren’t educated about it, it will become something we all just expect will be around forever and ever.  I hope farming is, because without it, not only will my family not survive but odds are yours won’t either. Whether it’s 2 generations away or 10.
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I’d like to take a moment to say thank you now.  Thank you to the folks out there that farm, that share an appreciation for what my husband and his father have done for many years, and  to all the bloggers, ag-related social media pages, agriculture companies, etc. that share the task of educating others about farming and ranching.  I know it  takes a lot of time to keep a blog going, plus the task of managing all the social media platforms out there.
That is why, just a few days before hearing that radio play,  I was considering closing this blog.  I don’t feel it’s reaching many people, it consumes time away from my family, and there are other reasons as well.  But I will have to think a little longer on that subject due to the reminder I received  from the radio.  Even if only one person reads my post perhaps it’s worth it because education comes in many forms nowadays.  Maybe I could be helpful in some small way.
Sharing this post  might bring more views, readers, or even conversation about agriculture, so if you feel moved please share.  It’s something that will take everyone, not just some Kansas country blogger farm wife.
Thank you!
Julie