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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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Farm Post Friday or Monday – Corn Harvest 2016

We finished harvesting all our non-irrigated corn on 9/23/2016, which happen to be my father in law’s 88th birthday!  In the last year he hasn’t be able to help as much but you can still see him occasionally checking in on the activity around the farm.   He was born 88 years ago with his twin brother in the house he still lives in.  That’s a pretty cool thing if you ask me!

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This year the farmer started harvesting corn on September 3rd.

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Luckily the rest of our corn wasn’t quite ready and rain made it’s appearance too.  The reason it was luck is because Milton was heading out for his elk hunting trip!  He was able to get an elk while there and come home rejuvenated and ready to cut the rest of the corn!

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This go around  two of his hunting buddies helped us by being truck drivers for a couple days.  I think it made for a good time by all and my job was feeding the crew!

 

Here’s a breakdown on the meals I provided. We had roast, potatoes, carrots, and homemade peach cobbler one evening.

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The next day I prepared a new recipe, Baked Spaghetti.  It made a lot and tasted quite good! I served it with salad and garlic bread. Homemade Snickerdoodle cookies were a hit from what my husband tells me!

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Another day for lunch I ran into town and got us delicious pan fried chicken special from our local diner.  It was great and the pineapple cake was to die for!  I need to see if can get that recipe!

I think my favorite memory from this corn harvest was feeding the crew at the field with our youngest daughter in tow.  Even Grandpa dropped by to check on things!  It just gives me a warm heart writing about it! Good conversation, our daughter getting to know her Dad’s friends, and her uncle giving her a hard time!

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Speaking of the farm kid, one afternoon I was searching for her as she hadn’t come back from Grandma’s house next door.  I found her sweeping corn into the pit.  I snapped a photo because in the future she may not be so willing to do farm labor! 🙂

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FS, one of the guys that helped us, took the two combine sunset photos  while my husband harvested.  I so appreciate him taking them and sharing them with us.  Can’t wait to have them printed!

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When we began our journey into corn harvest we thought it would basically be just the farmer combining and hauling grain himself.   God, once again provided not only help but great friends to share the experience with.  It’s nice to have friends that seem more like family.

Our irrigated corn isn’t ready to be harvested yet and now the farmer has to do a little work on the combine.  Grain sorghum and soybeans are still in the fields so that is up next for the fall harvest. In addition,  he will be prepping the grain drill for wheat sowing.  It’s a cycle folks, one that he loves.  Before we know it there will be “amber waves of grain” before us and a little girl watching her Daddy care for the land!

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Until next time!

Julie