Posted in 2018, dinner party, Entertaining Kitchen, harvest, Landlord Contact, milo, soybeans, wheat

Fall Harvest 2018 – Yep… still here.. trying.

The harvesting season has been a stop and go type of situation this year. The rainfall we have received made it so we couldn’t spend any lengths of time in the fields. Wheat sowing the same way. We are unable to sow wheat when it’s muddy and if we plant, and a great deal of rain arrives right after, odds are it will be washed out. Which means the farmer gets to replant. He has already had to do this once. Here’s to hoping we can conquer this season smoothly & quickly here on out! Farming is not for the weak at heart that is for sure. I just shake my head a lot of days and keep moving forward.

 

Rural living does give us some pretty stellar sunsets and sunrises and wide open spaces to take walks. That’s something I really love about farm life.

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We had started back to harvesting soybeans on 10/29/18 by late afternoon Milton found that one of the combine tires was losing air. It is one that we knew was not going to last forever but we were hoping to get through this harvest. Unfortunately it was time to replace it, plus one other one.

I posted on Facebook and Instagram saying I will never complain about how much my car or pickup tires cost again. Two combine tires with repairs and them to come out and put them on was over $5,000.

We were hoping the wheat would be sown and the fall harvest almost done by this point, for many reasons. One of them being our landlord appreciation dinner coming up. This weekend is the one time per year we invite all our landlords to enjoy a meal and visiting at our home.

At this point we are planning to host about 20 people, some of our landlords live out of state and are unable to attend. Most of the work will come late in the week, house cleaning, cakes to bake and main courses to make! I do have the party favors and grocery shopping done! Thank goodness!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram or Facebook to watch us prepare and have our dinner. It really is one of the most enjoyable evenings of our year! Having the people that trust us with their land sitting in our home, sharing stories makes this farming thing pretty cool in my eyes! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!
Julie

Posted in 2018, Farm, grain, harvest, soybeans, wheat

Will it continue or come to a standstill…. Soybean Harvest & Wheat Sowing

Written 10/8/18

At this point we have 148 acres of soybeans harvested out of 585. There is 218 acres of wheat that has been sown and we plan to put out 564. Moisture began to make it’s appearance Wednesday night so the soybean harvest came to a stop when there was only a couple more rounds in one field. Milton was able to sow some wheat on Thursday and Friday. The forecast was calling anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of rain over the next couple days. All we can do is see what really happens.

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Each year I make sure to take a photo, especially during wheat harvest of our farm girl and her Dad on the combine! It’s a tradition I know will become a treasure to her some day long from now!

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One morning this week I had to take the farmer down to get the old grain truck he uses for “seed” wheat. We only live a couple miles from the country church we attend and a few of our fields we farm around there there. So it was parked in the parking lot and it just reminded me of how lucky we are to live/farm so close to our fields and where we gather with others weekly to worship God.

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Last week included a few different things for us. One of the things was to host a few underwriters from a local insurance company to our farm. (My “town job” is working for an insurance agent!)

My busy husband took the time to talk about crops we harvest and show them the equipment we use. Right in the midst of his opportunity to harvest or sow more.  Thanks to him for doing this.

They were able to ask questions and learn more about an actual working farm. We enjoyed our time with them and hope in the future we can help others learn more about farming. If you have questions be sure to comment or message us! We’d love to visit!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Julie