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“Today is a great day to learn something new”

In a typical year, we plant and harvest around 500 acres of millet.  We have always hired out the swathing of the millet, but in 2017 my dad was debating the purchase of a swather.  With a lot of push from me, he made the final decision and went ahead and purchased himself a new Challenger swather.  He decided that with this major purchase he was going to need to plant many more acres of Read More

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15 Minutes of Fame

Everyone hopes for their 15 minutes of fame, and this summer I got mine.  It started with me contacting Progressive Farmer to do a segment called “from the cab”, but by the time I had contacted them they had already decided on who they would be featuring.  I did get a response email back, however, stating they may be interested in featuring my story in a magazine.  Of course, I was ecstatic about this possible Read More

Rainbow

Ending the day with rainbows

You can’t judge a book by its cover, at least that’s the saying anyways.  I feel like this was how my day was yesterday.  Just because my morning started off crappy, it didn’t mean my whole day was going to be crappy so I need not judge my morning on how my day was to go. My morning started off with me heading South to try and finish custom planting some corn.  It has been Read More

Planting

Happiness is…..planting a seed.

Planting season has officially begun!  Our goal for planting corn this year was to begin around the 10th of May, but rain showers moved through bringing us some much-needed moisture, pushing back our original start date. Saturday, May 13 rolled around, the ground had dried out, the planter had been serviced and it was time to roll.  I hopped into the cab of the tractor, eager to get planting, only to find that the computers Read More

Badger

Peek-a-boo with a badger

After a weekend of rain and cooler temperatures, we decided to take a trip around and check to see how the wheat was looking.  Some wheat is starting to look really good, and some still has a ways to come, but with the rain from last week and over the weekend, and with rain filling the forecast for the week we are starting to feel more optimistic. My dad is still in Arizona and hasn’t been Read More

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9 lives of being green

Last September when we pulled out the drills and got them ready to plant wheat, we also looked at the forecast which had nothing but gloom in sight for us.  We hadn’t received a significant amount of rain since July.  As everyone knows, it takes moisture for plants to grow and wheat is no different.  Typically we would plant the wheat into a bed of soil that would hold enough moisture to allow the seed Read More

Burrowing Owl

Wildlife on the farm

It wouldn’t be an ordinary day on the farm if there wasn’t some sort of wildlife to view.  If it isn’t the great horned owls scowling down at you from the tree branches, or the burrowing owls peering out of their mounds in the ground, it may just be the mule or white tail deer peering at you past the corn stalks or the tiny mice scurrying out of the way from the tractor to Read More