Friday, June 25, 2021

Wheat Harvest Saga

Our wheat harvest this year has become a saga--
a long, involved story of the wheat crop that 
was intended for spring harvest. 

Our plan was to chop the wheat when it was green and make
 silage for the dairy cows to enjoy eating. 
   Mother Nature provided a change in our plans when we
 experienced rain and cooler temperatures during the
 time we should have been in the fields harvesting the crop.

As the green wheat matured, it was decided that a new plan would
be necessary due to the decreased quality for silage making.

Spring harvest turned into summer harvest of a grain crop.

A trip to the field  verified the grain was ready for the combine
to begin harvesting the wheat.

Harvesting a grain crop requires planning, organization, and
determination to get the job done. 
Once the combine begins the job of cutting the grain,
a cart must be ready to receive the grain when the combine is full.

It was a little like a Chinese fire drill with carts of grain
moving back and forth to the farm to be unloaded.

The final step in our harvest is to load the wheat onto the truck 
for  hauling. This truck load will be sold on the grain market.

                              Our wheat harvest  saga  will continue for several more days
                   as we move from field to field harvesting that beautiful golden  grain.  
                           If you get behind a slow moving grain cart or you meet one
                          on the road, give them a friendly wave and be a positive part
                                   of the hard working farmer's wheat harvest saga!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Since 1939, June Dairy Month has been celebrated to promote 
and highlight the important health benefits that milk, yogurt
 and cheese provide and honor the farmers for their daily work that 
provides a steady supply of dairy products.

You would be surprised how many different jobs we may perform 
in one day down on the dairy farm  to make sure we are producing
the highest quality milk .

On this June day,
I was the gate woman as we sorted cattle in preparation for 
turning the next group of pregnant cows  from the 
milking herd to the dry pasture to rest for 60 days before calving.

With sunshine and dry conditions, 
we've celebrated many hours in the hay field
producing quality hay that is used to feed our dairy
and beef cows.

As we continue celebrating the goodness of dairy ,
I'm thankful for my dairy farm family that works  together 
everyday to feed and care for our dairy animals

for the dairy cows that produce high quality milk
for your family and mine.

Happy June Dairy Month!


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Our "rain, rain go away" chant  just didn't work!
For at least three weeks we have been hoping to see the
custom chopper pull into the fields for the spring harvest 
of our wheat crop but when the fields were too water logged
 for chopping it was decided that we would be cutting,
 baling and wrapping this wheat crop.

Harvest began today with the cutting of the first wheat field.
Hattie and Breck became part of the harvest crew. 

Their smiles during the tractor ride definitely provided the sunshine today!

I'm thankful for the wheat crop that is still able to be harvested
and used  to feed our cows and calves

                                       for the forever flexible farmers that never give up!