October Love

Small Town Nebraska:
I try not to post things that will waste your time. I mean it when I say you should watch this video. Way to go southwestern Nebraska and the body of Christ!

It’s been a beautiful October, an October Anne of Green Gables would truly appreciate. It was perfect for a walk at twilight Sunday night, shorts and t-shirt perfect. The sky was remarkable, and the cow statues were an added bonus!

gorgeous sunset cows at duskFarming:
Brad harvested his dry land corn this week. Since we’re a small operation, he finished it in three days and didn’t want to haul a grain cart to the field, which means he didn’t really want my help. It worked well for me! Elliana rode along with Brad after school one day, and I put her on the task of getting pictures. dryland harvest 2015 Harvest
What I’ve Been Thinking & Learning:

I loved this thought that Juliet’s mom told me this week: Exhaustion is a big player on the lie court. Isn’t that so incredibly true? I thought she meant the life court, which would be true too; but really it’s a player on the life court because of all the lies you believe when your brain is too tired to combat them!

I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Psalm 16:8 

-Julie-

Checking the Corn

Amazing news I should have told you sooner! We had well over an inch of rain last weekend. It was incredibly exciting. On Wednesday, when Brad suggested we go look at the corn, I didn’t have to be scared of what I would see.

Our quick trip to check on corn turned into quite the excursion, but for today I’ll just show you all the different pictures of Brad checking corn with Elliana inquisitively at his side. Most of the time he was digging to see why corn wasn’t coming up in the place it was supposed to be.

The first two pictures are dry land. I can only tell because of the wheat stubble. The rest of the pictures are at the pivot.

checking for seed

The ground was still damp! Woo Hoo!

Father Daughter in the cornfield

I made sure to get that house in the picture, so I could show the home of someone who actually reads this blog.

Learning from DaddyChecking the cornfield

This one was planted to close to another, so it provided extra learning opportunity.

This one was planted to close to another, so it provided extra learning opportunity.

New Corn

It’s growing!

Wyatt was more into shooting the stalks and running around than in checking how good of a job Brad did at planting.
playing in a cornfield

Insurance Strips

If you’re driving around the drought ridden country and wonder why the farmer left a strip of corn in his field, let me tell you now.
Insurance Strip of CornThe field was going to yield basically no corn because of the drought, so the farmer chopped the stalks for cattle feed. He couldn’t chop it all because he had to leave some proof for the insurance adjuster as to how bad the field actually was. You might see the same thing with a field that had a lot of hail damage.
Corn Strip For Insurance In case you were wondering, now you know.

Dry Land vs Irrigated Corn

As promised, I have recent pictures of our corn. So you can stay as up to date as possible on this corn, I’m showing it to you today and making you wait to hear about our latest visitors.

I would like to go into detail about some of the major differences between dry land and irrigated corn but Brad isn’t here right now to answer my questions. For now I’ll just state the obvious difference – the one is watered by man and by rain (if it rains) and the other relies on rain – and show the pictures.

I’ll start with the dry land corn. Brad went to check the rain gauge at the field (It had another inch of rain!) yesterday and took these pictures. He was by himself, so we don’t have the person reference point for how tall the corn is. Sorry.

Between the Rows of Dry Land CornIn contrast, the irrigated corn is much taller, doesn’t have wheat stubble between the rows, is already canopied, and is starting to tassel. They look like they’re different shades of green but that is only because of a different setting on the camera.

Knee High by the 7th of July

“Knee High” by the 7th of July

Tall Corn

Corn Canopy

The corn canopy keeps weeds away and the moisture in.

Corn Starting to Tassel

Just starting to tassel

Getting Ready to Tassel

The leaves sticking straight up are probably the leaves with the tassels in them.

Volunteer Corn

Brad stepped on these volunteer plants. They don’t produce and just take water from the other corn. He speculated they were from an ear that got left on the ground last year.

A visual explanation of why we didn’t take a cute picture of our kids next to the corn