and Baking Short Course at the Kansas State University Grain
Science Department for 3 days for Louise. It was a great learning
experience. Starting from the genetics and crossing of wheat
varieties to eating the bread, cookies and cake we made in the
lab, this class taught us all about wheat. Louise learned all
kinds of trivia. Dr. Rollie Sears, premier wheat breeder at
KSU, told us that out of all the food plants in the world, wheat
and rice account for 45% of the world food diet. We learned
about all kinds of flour for certain end uses. Flour isn't just
flour. There is a real art to the milling of wheat for the right
end uses--bread, cookies, etc. And that too relates back to
what varieties of wheat the farmer grows to fit the customer.
Right now most farmers just grow whatever is best adapted to
their area or just one they like. But as wheat growers we also
need to pay attention to wheat varieties that perform well in
our areas as well as the quality.
Vance, Marit and Layton did fine without Louise. Vance worked
on stories as well as the long-term plan for other enterprises
on the farm such as the triticale. He also had to prepare the
loan papers, update information for the recent land purchase
that we made. Our partner in the land purchase called when she
received the photos of it. She was pretty excited about our
site as it does have a dry creek running through it that occasionally
are getting some bad weather soon so we are staying close to
home. Louise and Vance are spending a lot of time opening and
sorting all the UPS boxes that have arrived for Christmas. Hope
all that phone work pays off in that the gifts arrive in time
Marit 's school had their program. Every child gets a part.
The music teacher works hard at involving everybody and it was
great as usual. Plus the usual Christmas parties.
We are still working at finishing the decorations before Cole
and Tanner come home this Saturday the 20th.
Saturday--the boys arrive home before the storm hits. Ice covered
roads. The tree is done. We are putting up Swedish tomtegubbens--like
gnomes but friendlier. Louise did finish the last of the Christmas
cards. It is hard to catch up when you've been gone 3 days.