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Farm Newsletter #2 Post – What’s Growing!


We normally send out our newsletter by August 1st. All our landlords receive a newsletter, annual calendar, and are invited to our annual landlord appreciation dinner each year! We take a few different times per year to make contact with them so they know we value them.

We wanted to make sure that we included our fall crops in the newsletter this year.  They don’t usually get as much mention as wheat does.  That is probably because we are just coming off of wheat harvest and are still in the excitement of that, plus I normally take many more pictures of wheat harvest than fall crop harvests! Fall harvest is spread out a few different months with three different crops being grown!

We hope you enjoy seeing what we have planted this year and how we communicated that to our landowners!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Julie & Milton

Fall Crops corn milo soybeans


Corn : 331            Milo : 123.5                Soybeans: 327.5          Double crop Soybeans: 305

We currently have 203 acres that are irrigated crops and the rest is non-irrigated. The flood irrigation system is more work than the center pivot irrigation system. Milton has to open and close the “gates” of the flood irrigation pipe at various times each day. He normally makes two trips out. The gates allow the water to flow to the rows like in the picture shown above. The pipe has to be laid out after the crop has grown some then picked back up before the harvest this fall. We can not open all the gates at the same time, so he has to keep track of where he started and stopped. This year these three got to lay the pipe out, Julie was at work at her “town job.” She was really disappointed not to help… NOT! 🙂 Paige drove the mule as she has a broken arm but still able to help out on the farm! Come fall the crops currently growing will be harvested. The harvest will span from August – October probably. Beginning with corn and ending with milo in late October. It’s not a rush situation as wheat harvest is in a span of a few days but spread out over a few months due to the varying crops.

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Milo/Grain Sorghum Harvest – 2017

We began our milo harvest on September 20, 2017 on the field we call Farvers.  It was irrigated grain sorghum. We have 110 acres of grain sorghum to harvest this year. We had just finished up our corn harvest the day before. Milton had to change the combine header and make a few adjustments before heading to the field.

case ih combine milo harvest 2017

Our daughter drove me out to the field so we could give Dad some supper.

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 He stopped for a bit to visit with her and catch up on our days.

harvest supper 2017 fall

I was able to get some instagram video and good photos while in the field.

milo harvest 2017 caseih

I headed back home by foot while PV rode in the combine for a bit.  I have been working on exercise and getting healthier since January of this year.  You can read about it on my other blog Pushing Forward with Grace if you care to.  PV drove the “mule” home and of course beat me although I started way before her!


harvested milo 2017

This is a shot of the grain sorghum that was harvested from this field. I think it looks so very pretty!  I love the colors of milo throughout it’s growing season!

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