One Field

We are still harvesting. So far the only full day breakdowns have been mental.

The field we just finished was a mile long by a half mile. Here is a picture of it from when we started on Friday. The colored portion is what was already picked. You can see how Brad picked all the way around the field first (the end rows they call them) and then started going back and forth. Friday was a short day due to events we had to attend, so here is the picture when we stopped on Friday. Here is middle of the morning on Saturday. The arrow is the combine and the white line is 16 rows that haven’t been picked in front of it and 8 behind it. From the cab of the combine where I took this picture looking toward the large white section, it looks like this: The line you can see in the corn is where one of the tires of the sprayer went whenever Brad sprayed it.

Toward the green and yellow looks like the unlocked rows followed by all the picked corn. It’s kind of hard to tell the difference between the two in this picture, but that’s what it is.Here is the picture at just over half done with the field. The hole in the field is where we actually had enough water to lay down the corn. Lagoon

After three short days in the field and two decent days, it was finally finished! Harvested corn field mapOnly two more fields to go!

*This post was written entirely from the cab of the tractor on a small mobile device. Please excuse any imperfections.

Grain Cart Auger

I’m getting turns in the tractor this harvest. I miss the long combine auger, even though my chances of hitting something with it are higher than with this little thing; and I would like to have a discussion with the designers of this grain cart. Grain cart to semi

How do they expect a person to not sit in shear panic of running into the truck the entire time they are unloading? Doesn’t that look extremely close to you? I’m told it’s not as close as it looks, but I came an inch away from taking off the truck’s rearview mirror yesterday. Which would you rather have for loading a truck?

Grain cart auger vs combine augerBacklit combine auger

7 Years

We have been village dwelling for 7 years now. – We no longer show up to events and feel like everyone is staring at the new people. It’s great to be well past that point. – We also are now greatly annoyed by having to stop at more than two stop lights if we’re in a town. – I’m no longer depressed when Saturday is just another day to get work done and when going out to eat on Friday is just not feasible or worth it because we’re an hour from a restaurant that has food I really want to go out to eat. – I can now accept the benefits that my children have growing up in this community; however, I would still argue that city dwelling children have many great benefits too. – We have friends that feel like family and family that feel like friends. – I can accept that God knew what He was doing when he moved us here. – So many things…

So what interesting small town activities have we been up to recently?

Elliana got to help her cousin move their cattle and to ride in a parade on her cousin’s pony cart. She wishes she had a horse and we’re just glad she can go enjoy the relatives’ horses.

William has been enjoying the caterpillars we’ve been finding in the garden. He is happy to sit and play on the porch with his bug friends. I’m not sure the bugs are as amused.

Wyatt and Brad took time to go fishing at Brad’s cousin’s pond, which formerly was his grandparents’ pond.

Liza’s activities are more 4-year-old activities and not related to being in a small town – things like cutting her hair a week and a half before we have pictures taken. (Where was I?  I was out watering flowers.) Apparently, William did it. He (or she?) cut some of his own hair too, but nothing as bad as his Liza’s.  Brad doesn’t want her hair short for the pictures. I’m not sure I can handle this look for a week and a half. We’re going to have to find some sort of compromise.

She’s also back to preschool and may need some art lessons.

I’ve been garden harvesting. I have a compelling need to not let things in my little garden go to waste. It just means the housekeeping struggles, but we have yummy salsa to eat! Somehow [by staying up too late too many nights in a row] I also managed to read Francine River’s The Masterpiece. You can’t go wrong with Francine Rivers.

Brad’s been working on getting wheat drilled for himself and another farmer that has this cool old truck. Here the truck has seed wheat in it, and they are loading the seed in the the drill. 

We’re also gearing up for the biggest harvest we’ve had yet. It hasn’t even started and I’ve been wondering for weeks about how it’s all going to go or if I’m ever going to have significant time at home to get things done and see my kids. Another day’s worry. Another day’s worry. 

So that’s a little, brief, random, long overdue update. I’m guessing my next post will be pictures from a combine.

Speaking of harvest, if you farm families have little kids coming to help you harvest, you may need to get them a Harvest Crew shirt. So cute!

Drought or Hail

Have I ever mentioned how weather is a major factor in farming? Did you know you can’t control weather? It is a great reminder of Who is really in control in life.

This growing season has been a stark contrast to last year. Last year we didn’t have more than sprinkles from the middle of May to the beginning of August. In that same span this year, we’ve had over 20 inches of rain! That’s not a typo. It’s really unbelievable and wonderful. The dry land corn in some places looks just as good as the irrigated to my untrained eye.

This is dry land corn from one of the earliest planted fields.

The problem – seems like there’s always a problem with farmers – is that some rain storms have come with hail. It’s been devastating for some farmers’ fields. Last year we would’ve taken hail to just get some rain. At this point this year if we see red in the radar of a storm, we wish it would go away and we pray it doesn’t have hail. We’d actually take no rain so we wouldn’t have to try to not worry about if it’s going to hail or not.

Brad has several fields near each other that did get hit with some hail last week. Pictures of the actual fields would be more interesting, but all I have is pictures of leaf samples that Brad is going to send in to somewhere that will tell him what his nutrient deficiencies are. The first is from the field that was hailed on the most and the second one is from a field right next to it.

These leaves are taken from where the ear is at on the stalk so obviously the ones above them look worse. At this point the rain has benefitted us more than the hail has hurt us, but we still highly dislike hail. It’s out of our control either way.

Wheat Harvest Picture 2018

Brad didn’t have any wheat this year and the kids and I were gone when most of wheat harvest was happening. It just so happened, we drove right by Brad’s brother’s harvest equipment on our way home. We had to stop to get our annual picture. We weren’t dressed for the occasion, but we made it work.

Oldest to youngest next to the semi – it’s the tradition. 

Even though we weren’t planning to take this picture, it just so happened that Liza is wearing the same dress Elliana wore in 2012!

Wheat Harvest 2012

Here those two are now!

Here’s a link to last year’s wheat harvest picture where I took the time to hunt down all the previous pictures. I’m running too far behind this year to be so kind.