Harvest is Near

Isn’t it amazing that I can walk out of my front door and …I am at work. I find it rather interesting that I am part of one of one of the most noblest of professions. Consider who was the first Agricultural Production Specialist. It was God himself as he planted the Garden of Eden and the rest of the earth for that matter.

A couple of questions that I am often asked are how much do you farm and what do you farm? Let me just take you on a little tour. I farm around 4000 acres. My grandfather and I and usually one hired youngster farmed this all together about 12 years ago. Grandpa Dave passed away in 2001 and the hired hands just haven’t worked out too well. My repair bill has gone down 75% since the hired hands have left to search for greener pastures. I sincerely miss Grandpa Dave however. He was more like my father as we spent about everyday together for about 20 years. The past few years, I have pretty much farmed this all by myself. My boy Michael is now 12 and I am getting him more involved and I am looking forward to that.

What do I farm? Well, I farm the rich soil. Notice I did not say dirt as that is the stuff under your fingers and left in your tub. I grow corn which just got a nice rain last night and looks amazing here despite all the stories you may hear from the media, we are doing just great. Also included in this years lineup is millet, which I just got done planting and it is coming up. What is millet? It is birdfood, sometimes used in human food and if you ever eaten 7 or 10 or 15 grain bread, it is the small little white seeds in the bread. It is also the replacement for rice thrown at weddings since it has been proven that rice makes birds blow up or something. And the main staple here is wheat.

Normally, we are cutting wheat, but the cool spring has delayed harvest. The calendar says we should be cutting, but the crop is just not ready. The recent rain seems to help ripen the grain so any day now, we should be off an running. It really looks pretty good despite all the turmoil my fields have had to endure. The price is good and things are looking, well…. pretty good. I try and remain the eternal optimist in a world of those around me who look at a glass half full and call it bone dry!

So there you have it, the fields are ripe and it is harvest time. It will be a busy time around here and this is my favorite time of year. I will try and get some pictures of the operation so that you can where you food comes from. Stay tuned. If you should have any questions about the farm, feel free to leave a comment and I will answer them.

As my good friend John Dobbs always signs out….Thanks for reading!

4 responses to “Harvest is Near

  1. Hi,
    I really enjoyed reading your posts today. I work for a family owned business in Michigan that sells parts for antique tractors. We just started a company blog and I was looking into other people blogging about tractors and life on the farm and ran across your little patch of the world wide web.
    If you have the chance, check out our blog. We are new to the web and still getting used to the blog, but we recently posted an album of photos from our tractor show.

    What kind of tractor do you farm with? What was the first tractor that you drove?

    Again, very nice blog with great information. I’m glad that I found you!

  2. I enjoyed your post today too. You’ve become a great blogger!

  3. Since I married a Kansas girl, they threw wheat at our wedding. Also, we didn’t want the birds to “blow up.”

    Good job with the blog. I’m enjoying the view from the tractor. My grandpa was an Oklahoma wheat farmer and I’ve ridden on harvest with friends. Fascinating.

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