definitely came in like a lion. It was a cold and windy day but
again we missed the rain or snow that we thought we might receive.
Larry feed cows then we went to church. Since we had food left
from the funeral dinner we decided to have a fellowship dinner
after church. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we had a
lot of good food. In the afternoon we took a tour of the farm,
checking cattle everywhere, checking on the progress of the winter
wheat crop, and the condition of all the fields. The wheat is
small but looks good for this time of year. We hope we don't have
really high winds or some of the wheat fields will blow.
the evening we attend a program sponsored by the Trego Arts Council.
It was a quartet of people that performed songs from Broadway
shows. It was a very good evening of entertainment.
day was sunny but still cold and windy. Milo brought a new calf
to the garage to get warmed up this morning. He was very cold
but after having the heater on him for about an hour he perked
up. Milo took him back to his mother and he was soon up nursing.
The warm up must have been just what he needed.
I worked at the hospital a couple of hours this morning. I need
to file the income tax return for the endowment foundation. It
will take me several hours to fill out the form and file the corporation
annual report for that organization. Larry finalized the deal
on the new pick up. It will be at least 12 weeks before it will
be delivered. They don't make many farm pickups. Most are made
for the urban driver that doesn't move bales and feed cattle with
was a beautiful day, warm and sunny. Tomorrow the weather is to
turn cold and a chance of rain or snow. We would like the cows
to have calves today. As it turned out we had 4 new calves behind
the house, another heifer had a calf and in the evening Milo pulled
one more calf. We like to have the calves come on these warm days.
I baked bread in the morning. I had a new roll recipe I wanted
to try. I may want to use it for my next presentation for the
Kansas Wheat Commission. I have been contacted by a nearby school
for a presentation for 5th through 8th graders. I usually let
kids make pretzels but thought this crispy roll might be more
interesting for the upper grade school students. I will have to
talk to the organizers of the event a little more to know exactly
what they expect.
was cold and cloudy in the morning but the sun was out in the
afternoon. I spent the day at the church. A Bible study in the
morning and working on a banner in the afternoon kept me very
busy. Larry spent the day at a KCIA (Kansas Crop Improvement Association)
meeting. He is on the marketing committee and a past president
of the organization. They are discussing the issues surrounding
Hard White Winter Wheat and how they will handle the certification
morning Larry and I had a meeting with our marketing consultant.
He helps us market our wheat, corn, and milo. We use the futures
market, call, options, forward contracting and the cash market
to decide when to sell our commodities. Later in the morning we
went to see a neighbors' Red Angus bulls. We are in the market
for 9 or 10 bulls this spring. We found four that we liked and
will pick them up in April. Two will be used with our first calf
heifers and two will be used with our Simmental/Black Angus cow
In the afternoon I went to Ness City to the John Deere dealer
for parts for the planter. Larry stayed home to take delivery
on a used swather that we are trading for. I hope it is easy to
drive because I am to learn to swath alfalfa and feed with it.
big snowstorm and blizzard is in the forecast but today the weather
is beautiful. Larry hauled bales all afternoon. If it does snow
and blow we will have plenty of feed near the cows. I spent the
afternoon playing bridge. I have played with the same group of
friends for over 30 years now. They have been a great support
group over the years.
snowed most of the day. Events have been canceled for most of
the weekend. We are to get strong winds 35 to 50 mph by this evening.
That will make getting around really rough. Larry and Milo fed
cattle all morning, getting all of the feed racks full in case
the storm is as rough as it is predicted. In the afternoon Larry
went to Russell to a Red Angus bull sale. He purchased two more
bulls. A neighbor had a stock trailer with him and he brought
the bulls home for us. Larry would have taken a trailer, but the
weather made it seem a little risky to take our big trailer out
on the interstate highway if the full force of the blizzard hit
before he got home. The neighbor's trailer was smaller and newer
than ours and he sells them so he usually takes one with him to
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