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2018 Wheat Harvest #1

20180612_154134We began harvesting wheat on June 12th this year and as I type this post to this point it has went pretty well.  We didn’t plan on beginning so early  but that’s how farming goes.  You plan one thing and the opposite will happen.  The warm and windy days prior to the 12th made it so the wheat was ready to harvest sooner than later!

The first day Milton was able to harvest around 40 some acres on the field we call North of Charles.  That field we finished up on the 13th around 4:30 and headed to the field we call Disposal well.  Don’t you love the “names” we give our fields?   Some are named after landowners or where they are located from the farm. If you call it something else you could end up in a totally different location than where the combine is!  So pay attention!

I spent the first day not helping but the second day I left my town job early to weigh trucks at our home storage.  We fill our grain bins with the grain so we can pick when to sell it and haul to the elevator.  We farm within 5 miles of the farm so that is quite convenient for us.

We do crop share with some of our landowners so that grain is hauled to the grain elevator when it is harvested.  This takes longer obviously because there is a short drive but also the time to wait in line with the rest of those hauling grain!

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I totally didn’t plan well for this wheat harvest like I did in 2017.  I did buy meat and did a little menu options but didn’t prep ANY food.  I regret that now, but May was not my month personally!  The first night we had a wonderful one pot meal!  Roasted chicken & veggies then the second night it was tacos and rice!  Nothing fancy the longer harvest goes on! 🙂 Tonight will probably be take out or leftovers

By the end of our second day of wheat harvest 2018 we were able to cut around 140 acres I think.  Come Wednesday the third day my husband decided that he wasn’t ready to miss his daughter’s softball games.

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He climbed out of the combine, stopped harvesting, and headed five miles into town to watch her play.  Some day I know that she will really appreciate this effort on his part.  She is lucky to have a Dad that is active in her life!  He might miss the one Friday night but he will be there in spirit and my pics/videos!  We enjoyed the game and they won 20 to 5!

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More updates to come! To see the action as it unfolds be sure to follow us on our Instagram page (farminggrace) or Facebook page (Farminggracedaily) !  Thanks for stopping by!

Julie


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Soybean planting 2018 & Spring Update

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Soybean planting was completed all in four (long) days this year!  Milton planted 328 acres total.  We are hoping it will be a good crop come this fall when we harvest it!

This week he has been hauling wheat that we had stored in the on farm bins.  It’s time to get them ready for the 2018 wheat harvest next month!

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While the farmer was busy hauling wheat I started preparing for my part in the upcoming wheat harvest.  A meal plan and shopping list  were started! I feel like I am way behind this year but here’s to hoping I get some ready beforehand! Made such a difference last year!

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I also printed scale tickets.  Our “on the farm” storage requires us to weigh the trucks on our scale and we fill out our homemade scale tickets.  We fill up our farm storage before taking grain to the elevator, this allows us to pick when we sell our grain and not pay storage fees.  One of my jobs, when I’m not at my “off the farm” job, is to weigh the trucks when they come in and before they leave.

It gets pretty hot out in the June sunshine with the Kansas humidity tied in but I enjoyed it last year for the most part.

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I think this year I will be teaching our 10 year old daughter how to weigh the trucks, along with how to do the laundry and making lunch! 🙂

I am super excited this year because my brother is coming back to help with harvest!  I love having him around and he really is a huge help since he grew up on a farm.  We SO appreciate him!

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Well that’s a short update from the farm! We hope you are all doing well and be sure to go find us on Instagram and Facebook! I will probably go live periodically during wheat harvest!
Julie

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