We have started harvesting our dry land corn. DRY is the true descriptive word there since most of the fields had barely any rain during June and July, kind of critical months in the life cycle of a corn plant.
At this point my 10 year old has helped Brad more than I have. I still can’t really believe it, but she is becoming a proficient grain cart driver. I’m sticking to the combine. I went to help one morning last week. Brad wanted to drive me around to make sure I hadn’t forgotten anything important and to fill me in on the ins and outs of harvesting dry land corn. Our training ride was longer than expected and turned into a photo session.
Let’s take a selfie to get your mind off the fact that your knee just got squished under the armrest of Dad’s seat.
First combine ride
The 3 year old took a turn with the camera.
The best picture I’ve seen of me in a long time
And I took pictures of the 3 year old.
Quality time. I never ended up having to drive the combine myself because, ironically, it started to rain.
On the subject of harvest, check out this gnarly carrot from our garden.
I snapped this picture on my phone when I was at my friend’s house that has the incredible view. I like how it shows a lot about what is happening in western Nebraska right now.
In the bottom of the picture you wee what unwatered grass looks like. DRY. We are really needing rain in our part of the state. We’re at the point where it feels like we’re constantly pleading with God to send rain and always trying not to worry. Oh that we would feel the need for more of Jesus like we feel the need for rain.
Moving on up the picture you see the beautiful green of irrigated corn. Then in the center above that is the golden wheat that farmers are starting to harvest. The contrast between those two this time of year is always so pretty.
Then at the top you have the gorgeous blue sky – the constant in all seasons.
Now check this out. I moved my camera a smidge to the right and it looks like this!
You see a vineyard and then you’re looking at a one acre hop yard. With the price of corn and wheat in the tank, some farmers are stepping out to try new things. This farmer is really going out on a limb. I’m pretty sure you won’t find even a handful of hop yards in our section of the state. It is quite an impressive piece of work!Those posts are huge in real life. Right now the green in the picture is weeds between the rows. The hops are planted in the black weed barrier. I didn’t get an up close picture, but I’m going to have to visit frequently to watch the progress and the process.
This has to be one of the most bizarre corn field happenings that has ever happened to us.
From a distance in this field of Brad’s it looks like the planter didn’t plant one row.
When you get closer you can see that corn is there.
It has just been eaten by some creature.
THE WHOLE ENTIRE ROW! The animal did not quit at just a few plants or part of the row and it didn’t not try other rows. It only liked this one and couldn’t bring itself to quit. I’m not even exaggerating.
I think it’s a natural phenomenon. Have you ever seen anything like it?
Here’s Brad spraying some wheat that a farmer used just as ground cover. Brad’s aim was to kill the wheat, and the farmer will now plant something else in the field. Brad has a lot of other acres to spray, but he’s been sidelined temporarily.
When he was hauling the sprayer home on the trailer one night, something hit its windshield. Why they don’t make a sprayer windshield like a car windshield is a good question. These just shatter and end up all over. He thought he’d go get it fixed and be back to work in less than a day; but no dealership near us had a windshield stocked, so he’s having to wait over a day for it to get fixed. I’m sure all farmers can feel his pain right now and all farmers’ wives can feel mine.
If you buy enough equipment parts, you might eventually win your kids a gator!