Posted in 2018, dinner party, Entertaining Kitchen, harvest, Landlord Contact, milo, soybeans, wheat

Fall Harvest 2018 – Yep… still here.. trying.

The harvesting season has been a stop and go type of situation this year. The rainfall we have received made it so we couldn’t spend any lengths of time in the fields. Wheat sowing the same way. We are unable to sow wheat when it’s muddy and if we plant, and a great deal of rain arrives right after, odds are it will be washed out. Which means the farmer gets to replant. He has already had to do this once. Here’s to hoping we can conquer this season smoothly & quickly here on out! Farming is not for the weak at heart that is for sure. I just shake my head a lot of days and keep moving forward.

 

Rural living does give us some pretty stellar sunsets and sunrises and wide open spaces to take walks. That’s something I really love about farm life.

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We had started back to harvesting soybeans on 10/29/18 by late afternoon Milton found that one of the combine tires was losing air. It is one that we knew was not going to last forever but we were hoping to get through this harvest. Unfortunately it was time to replace it, plus one other one.

I posted on Facebook and Instagram saying I will never complain about how much my car or pickup tires cost again. Two combine tires with repairs and them to come out and put them on was over $5,000.

We were hoping the wheat would be sown and the fall harvest almost done by this point, for many reasons. One of them being our landlord appreciation dinner coming up. This weekend is the one time per year we invite all our landlords to enjoy a meal and visiting at our home.

At this point we are planning to host about 20 people, some of our landlords live out of state and are unable to attend. Most of the work will come late in the week, house cleaning, cakes to bake and main courses to make! I do have the party favors and grocery shopping done! Thank goodness!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram or Facebook to watch us prepare and have our dinner. It really is one of the most enjoyable evenings of our year! Having the people that trust us with their land sitting in our home, sharing stories makes this farming thing pretty cool in my eyes! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!
Julie

Posted in 2018, corn, grain, milo

Fall Harvest 2018 Starts!

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The combine header has been changed a couple times and been running in the past couple weeks! A two fields of corn were harvested and one field of grain sorghum or what we like to call milo! I love the color of milo, it’s so pretty but it also very itchy!

 

First let’s chat about the corn that was harvested. I am going to be honest – it kinda sucked so far. We normally like to see non-irrigated corn around a 100 yield this field made 75 to 82.

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Primary reasons = Mother nature. Lack of moisture.  But it is what it is and there isn’t anything this farm family can do about it. We will just pull our purse strings tighter, borrow money if we need to and pray for strength in this time of farming difficulty. I couldn’t pull my husband away from this farm if I wanted. His roots are deeply planted and will never be harvested.

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The field of milo that we started harvesting on August 29th we didn’t get very far on before a breakdown occurred. The combine’s bevel gears went out and so the farmer had to head back to the farm yard. The next day he made a parts run and got to harvesting!

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This field of grain sorghum produced a pretty nice yield of 102.  We won’t complain about that at all!  This is the first year we have produced a crop on this field.  We have a new landlord and it is a field that I can see from my front porch too!

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The other fields are not quite ready and we also received a great deal of rainfall in the past couple days.  Soon enough it will be a very busy time again.  Milton has to sow the wheat for the new crop and harvest the fall crops!

 

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Julie