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Bits & Pieces from our Kansas Farm


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Corn Planting 2017- All To Help!

The farmer called up one evening last week and said “have PV bring the corn seed down to the field, I’m ready to refill.”  I was just about ready to start supper, so glad he called before I was in the middle of that!  We loaded up in the mule and headed that way.  She was stoked to get to drive the mule of course!

 

farmkid mule

She attempted to lift the 50 plus pound bag off the back but just couldn’t do it.

So she took the job of opening the bag for Dad!

PVMV Corn

The treated corn seed is loaded into the planter.

Corn seed

Once he has most of the  “boxes” filled he spreads out the remainder between the boxes.  That became PV’s job!

farmkid corn seed

When she was a little reckless and spilled some I said “Hey!  That’s money your leaving all over!”  I had to do my part too!

She took me back up the field and I drove the pickup with the fertilizer tank down to him.  He needed to add fertilizer as well.  He is doing that in the next photo.

fertilizer farm corn

 

This is the day he was able to get 61 acres of corn planted.  Since then it has rained so planting has come to a halt.  Until right later this afternoon.  He will be heading to a new field to get some more corn planted!

While it was too wet he had to do some repairs on a tractor.  Headlights are sometimes needed since farmers don’t normally work 9 to 5.

They will probably come in handy tonight!

Milton plans to plant  245 acres of corn this year in all.  We pray that goes well and is a safe planting season for him!

Thanks for stopping by!

Julie


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Quiet Winter

We are into our winter season here on the farm and it’s quieter than most years.  After last years hard hit we just couldn’t swing buying any feeder calves for the winter.  The pens are empty.

cattle-pen

I know some of you reading this are thinking “you need to stay in the game even when it’s not good.”  Well, we gotta be able to pay other expenses and provide for our family, so the feeding cattle this winter got chucked!

Sometimes in farming, oh who am I kidding, in all walks of life you have to make hard decisions.  This wasn’t easy for us, by any means but it was best for our family.  I will miss the beef in our freezer from our own livestock but we have friends we trust who will help us in that area.

Even though we haven’t had cattle for the farmer to rise early and endure the cold temperatures for, he is still busy.  He has been hauling grain this week, as we had to fill a contract for our corn with the elevator.  He was pleasantly surprised when the manager gave him the news about how good his corn crop is.

farm-grain-bin-farmer

If you have read our blog you know that Milton is a hard worker, as are a lot of farm folks. We’re lucky that he is talented and people trust him to also remodel their homes.  God seems to always provide one or two construction opportunities in the winter to supplement our income.  We are grateful for those that are sent our way.

As we enter into the Christmas holiday we pray that you are able to feel joy and be surrounded with people who care for you.  From our farm to your home, Merry Christmas.

Julie and Milton