is the last day of the fair for another year! Its lots
of fun and we look forward to the fair, but its also a
lot of work and Deans ready to get back to farming. Today
is the 4-H Livestock Sale. The only animal well be taking
home tonight will be Georgie, Waynes bucket calf. All
the others will be sold. The 4-Hers receive a market price
for their market animals, and also an auction "premium".
The auction premium is one way in which local businesses and
individuals support the 4-Hers who purchase, feed, and
work with market animals. Its not easy to part with an
animal that you have worked with for months but the kids handle
it pretty well.
the first day in months that the kids could actually relax.
Georgie still needs to be fed twice a day but thats it
for their 4-H chores. Dean baled hay in between rain showers
and tried to catch up with everything else. He even mowed the
grass tonight while we were gone to fair clean-up and premium
payout. Now I need to get the flower gardens weeded. The kids
say we have blooming weed patches this year, as the weeds got
ahead of us during ball season.
finished cutting wheat right before supper. The ground was still
very wet but he was able to get it all cut. Wheat harvest was
25 days from start to finish this year. Yields were very high
in some fields. The late April freeze was followed by dry, cool
weather which helped the wheat plants heal and continue to make
grain. Wheat fields hit by the May 19th hailstorm had yields
that were about half of the other fields that werent hailed
on. All in all, it was a very good harvest and were glad
that its finally over!
I talked to my Dad tonight. He finished cutting wheat on July
7th and already has all his wheat ground worked at least once.
Were just getting started on discing the wheat fields
that will be planted to wheat again this fall. The disc has
sharp, round blades that cut the wheat stalks, slice into the
dirt, and mix the chopped up straw and weeds with the dirt.
When it rains, the chopped up dirt will absorb the rain.
dad took the last load of wheat to town this morning! The 1997
wheat harvest is now history for us. Before we can celebrate,
theres alfalfa to swathe and bale, fields to work, cattle
to check on and keep watered, and milo that needs rain. The
kids and I hope to run up to Jamestown and see my parents and
we have an annual neighborhood get-together planned for our
house/machine shed in only 10 days. Theres a lot to be
done between now and then!
been baling hay like crazy. We have 300 acres of alfalfa this
year, most of which will be cut and baled at least 5 times.
Ideally, it's 21 days from the time you swathe the alfalfa until
it's ready to swathe again. The guys really have to scramble
to get it all baled at just the right moisture levels. He stayed
home and baled nights and early mornings while Julie, Wayne,
& I went to Jamestown to see my parents. It's even drier
in northern Kansas - hope we all get some rain soon.