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

Posted in 2017, cattle, family, Farm, marriage

The Cattle Pen & What It Holds

We have received all the cattle we plan to this winter season to feed.  Milton and I worked the last 42 head on Friday.  It went smoothly and only took us about 2 hours, which was good!  This load was much calmer than the original ones we received.  The weather was chilly but we both survived.  We have pulled a few and separated them from the rest of the herd, as we think they may be sick.

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I was in this part of the pen with them. I would get them into the alleyway to the cattle shoot so Milton could take care of them.

 

We have a total of 173 head to feed for the winter, here’s hoping it stays that way! Twice a day Milton goes out to feed them and look them over for any sick ones.  It has been fun to go over and help with chores, to complete them as a family.

I love to watch our daughter play in the hay, chase the farm dog, and be excited about helping.  PV takes it all in stride most days and even requests us to not work the cattle when she is gone.

My favorite picture from recently is this one.  Our daughter with Milton’s father looking over the cattle in the pen.  I have no idea what they were talking about but I know it was a treasure.  Having her live close to her grandparents is a blessing and I’m grateful they are still here to know her and that she can know them.

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What is inside the cattle pen is essentially a big deal, but the way it has brought our family closer together on the outside of it, well that makes this farm-wife/momma quite happy.

I’ll close by saying that the risk involved in farming and having cattle is a big one.  Choices are made, mistakes happen, success does occur, but what is most important is how you live your life doing it.  How you balance the life of being that  farmer or cattle-person with family life and how you share the goodness that farming brings.  How you bring together the two things and create a legacy that generations can be proud of.

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Until next time,

Julie