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Bits & Pieces from our Kansas Farm


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Soybean planting 2018 & Spring Update

soybean planting 2018 farm dad and daughter

Soybean planting was completed all in four (long) days this year!  Milton planted 328 acres total.  We are hoping it will be a good crop come this fall when we harvest it!

This week he has been hauling wheat that we had stored in the on farm bins.  It’s time to get them ready for the 2018 wheat harvest next month!

wheat kansas grain elevator

kansas wheat 2017

 

While the farmer was busy hauling wheat I started preparing for my part in the upcoming wheat harvest.  A meal plan and shopping list  were started! I feel like I am way behind this year but here’s to hoping I get some ready beforehand! Made such a difference last year!

scale tickets wheat harvest

I also printed scale tickets.  Our “on the farm” storage requires us to weigh the trucks on our scale and we fill out our homemade scale tickets.  We fill up our farm storage before taking grain to the elevator, this allows us to pick when we sell our grain and not pay storage fees.  One of my jobs, when I’m not at my “off the farm” job, is to weigh the trucks when they come in and before they leave.

It gets pretty hot out in the June sunshine with the Kansas humidity tied in but I enjoyed it last year for the most part.

Farm Wife

I think this year I will be teaching our 10 year old daughter how to weigh the trucks, along with how to do the laundry and making lunch! 🙂

I am super excited this year because my brother is coming back to help with harvest!  I love having him around and he really is a huge help since he grew up on a farm.  We SO appreciate him!

Family

 

Well that’s a short update from the farm! We hope you are all doing well and be sure to go find us on Instagram and Facebook! I will probably go live periodically during wheat harvest!
Julie

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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.

feeder cattle 2017

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.

Family Generations Farming

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.

family working together farm cattle

Until next time,

Julie