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Farm Newsletters

newsletter 2018We normally try to send out at least one newsletter per year to all of our landlords.  I enjoy making them up and from the feedback we have received they like them too!  This year I wanted to share in a few posts what we included with our blog readers.

Today you will read the first “article” I included on the front page of the newsletter.  We were inspired to share with our landlords how us, the farmers feel about our relationships with each of them.  As with any relationship communication is essential in building and retaining said relationships.

FARM LEGACY & RELATIONSHIPS 

We are lucky enough to have a variety of landlords that trust us to care for their land. Their legacy. We’d like to begin by saying THANK YOU!

Some of you grew up farming the land we now tend to. Others inherited from past generations. Whether you are familiar with the “ag-life” or aren’t at all, farming practices have changed and our operation probably doesn’t look like it used to or even the neighbor’s operation down the road.

That’s where communication is essential. We feel communication is key in any relationship but very important in the ones we hold with all of you. That is why we encourage you and hope you feel comfortable with visiting with us about agriculture and our operation. You are always welcome to actually come to the farm as well as call, email or text us.

Of course it’s a business arrangement but we hold our relationships with each of you on a high level. We have a connection with you and your legacy because we are able to serve you. We know that it’s not just about the all mighty dollar but also the chance to continue a legacy for both you and our family. It’s an honor to farm your ground and raise crops that feed the world at the same time.

Some of the land that we now farm, Milton’s father, Richard farmed for many years before us. Sitting around the dinner table at the last Landlord Appreciation dinner and listening to the stories of days gone by made us realize just how special the opportunity that lies before us really is.

Carrying on a farm legacy, generation after generation, can come in many forms. For example us, the farmer, planting the seed, tending to the crop, and harvesting it is one way. The other way is for your family to continue to invest in the asset that was given to you by generations before. This being done by allowing someone you trust to farm the ground. We do not take the trust you have given us for granted. We know that there are many farmers in the area/world that could farm the ground.

Building relationships and sustaining those relationships is something that we plan to work even harder at in the coming years. Whether it be via a chat at church on Sunday, hello at the grocery store, this annual newsletter or calendar showing us in action, or our favorite – dinner around our farm house table. We want you to know we see you as more than our landlord, more than who we write checks to each year. We see you as part of our family farm. Growing our legacy while keeping your legacy alive! That’s something we can both be proud of.

“ A farm is more than land and crops. It is a family’s HERITAGE and FUTURE.”

 

I hope you enjoy this post and feel encouraged to share it on your social media page.  Inspiring others to build relationships and sharing what farm life is about!  I highly encourage those of you that are farmers to consider doing a newsletter or annual calendar or even host a barbque for your landowners.  It’s been a joy for us to do these things!

Check back or follow our social media pages to see upcoming posts from our newsletter!

Thanks for stopping by!

Julie & Milton


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2018 Wheat Harvest

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The wheat harvest has come and gone.  I had hoped to write a couple posts during the actual harvesting but that didn’t happen.   Since I work a town job I missed taking photographs like I wish I could at all the fields.  But I am sure I will have enough to make my annual calendar for the landlords!

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Since we didn’t have much moisture this past winter it did affect the crop.  I snapped this picture while in the field of the large crack in the dirt.

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I was able to walk through the wheat fields and my ankles didn’t even get scratched hardly.  It’s sad but yet a reality.  This harvest wrapped up in 8 days, which is about 4 days shorter than usual. We even stopped for a few hours for softball games this year.  The condition of the wheat was not stellar this year but yet we are grateful.

SPV WHEAT HARVEST 2018

Normally we fill the on farm bins first then head to the elevator. This year we filled all the bins but didn’t need to take any wheat to the elevator except for one field we crop share verses cash rent.

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My brother came back again this year for wheat harvest, since it came a week earlier than we anticipated he only got in on about 3 days worth.  But we found other farm work for him to do the two weeks he was in Kansas!

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Our Case IH 6088 that we bought used in 2015 has been a great machine for us.  This year we did have an issue with the alternator so it slowed us down from finishing our last field.  The guys had to stop and take a break, can you tell it’s breaking their hearts to have to do that?  🙂

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Kansas Wheat Harvest

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I have more photos from wheat harvest but not enough time to reduce them and upload them for the blog.  Here are a few though!

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Wheat harvest 2018 Kansas Irrigated

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Our annual picture.  Our farm girl is getting so big now! Watch out Dad!

Thanks for stopping by!

Julie