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.
We got to drive down a couple miles of a trail road this week so we were up close and personal with the crops. Here is how they are looking on the 2nd week of June based on pictures my kids took.
Dry Land Corn: Wheat: With this lovely 90 degree June weather, the corn is growing quickly (love those heat units!) and the wheat is changing daily. It makes for rapidly changing landscape around here.
“Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
Small Town Nebraska:
Do you see the 2 chickens under the semi trailer? I took this picture on December 10 when I dropped off Wyatt to Brad as he was filling up with fuel at the co-op. They just showed up at the co-op that day, and several days ago those chickens were still wondering around the co-op. Maybe they’re confused that it’s a co-op not a coop.
The week after I took this picture, Brad took his semi eight highway miles away to get worked on. Guess what the mechanics found had hitched a ride – a chicken, a very hungry chicken. Brad had no clue he’d had a passenger.
Where did these chickens come from? During harvest, one of the fields Brad was parked at had chickens running around. They had hitched a ride from their home to the field on another farmer’s truck. We’re assuming that three chickens thought Brad’s semi would make a nice roost and hopped on. I didn’t mention the co-op chickens to Brad when I saw them at the gas station, or he maybe would’ve checked for more. He didn’t realize he was housing chickens until the mechanic heard something funny, which was two weeks after he’d seen them at the field.
I haven’t looked closely at semi trailers, but apparently there’s a place where chickens can ride safely when the truck is going 60 miles an hour down the highway.
Check out this cute Nebraska farming family.
I was sent a bottle of Infants’ Advil a long time ago for free in return for reviewing it here. I might be so late in reviewing it that they don’t even care if I do, but I feel obligated since they gave it to me for free. Infants’ Advil is for ages 6-23 months and it’s active ingredient is Ibuprofen. Liza hasn’t needed anything to help with a fever or pain for a long time, but now she has a cold and/or is getting her two year molars. She’s still 23 months, so pain relief to the rescue! I’m all about giving little people something to help them take a good nap when they’re feeling cruddy. She was happy to show for the camera how she happily took her medicine. It was the white grape flavor and smelled delicious.
I’d love to say that she took a super nap and woke up happy, but that would be a lie. My ibuprofen trick doesn’t always work when it comes to teething and naps. I chose to not let that make me unjoyful for the rest of the day.
Before Wyatt left the field this day, Brad had told him he could help check the wheat.
Apparently, checking the wheat included tasting it. Something was fishy.
One of the rows wasn’t putting out the right amount of seed. We tried to help with the investigation, but were not overly useful. After we left, Brad found the problem – a dead mouse was in the place where seed was supposed to be flowing. Somehow he fished it out and continued on his merry way.
And just so the girls don’t feel left out…
This girl smiles more at her dad than she smiles at any other person I know.She got to ride in the tractor with him for the first time this week.
Can you believe the tractor was driving the entire time we took these pictures?! Wonders never cease.
I should have left her chilling with Daddy just like this
because I took her home for a nap, and she refused to take one!
What was Brad doing?He was drilling wheat.