are photos of Julie and Wayne in their uniforms ready to play
and Julie visit with a few Hoisington businessmen and a future
and Strider gather with a few friends for a photo.
a day! We normally dont work on Sundays but harvest is an exception.
Maybe God does have a sense of humor because we didnt get far
today. Dean only cut a couple hours before hearing something he didnt
like on the combine. It was a major breakdown - from 2:00 p.m. to
tomorrow morning, at least. They had the whole front of the combine
off - everything that sits in front of and below the cab. With the
help of a welder from Great Bend, Dean & our full-time employee,
John, think theyre back on the right track.
discovered this morning that the windmill isnt working on one
of the pastures we just moved cows into. Thats another early
morning job to do! While wheat harvest is our main focus, we have
to keep up with everything else, too
day of wheat harvest brings new challenges and worries. The windmill
is fixed and back to pumping water to the cattle and the combine is
back together and ready to roll, but the weather isnt cooperating
now. Monday, June 23rd, was an overcast, cloudy day. Dean finally
pulled into the field in the late afternoon but only cut for 10-15
minutes before a shower came thru and wet everything down. It was
just enough to shut down harvest but not enough to muddy the ball
Tuesday the 24th, they waited all day for the sun to come out and
bring down the humidity. Dean finally went to cut wheat after watching
the first inning of Waynes 6:30 ballgame. Since we were under
a severe thunderstorm warning, he cut out the draw behind the barn.
The wheat there was too wet on Saturday but would have been a mess
to cut after last nights rain if he had left it. It was pretty
dramatic to watch all the combines racing the dark storm clouds. Dean
did get everything put away just before the storm hit here.
storm did bring us our largest rain for a long while - 70 hundredths
of an inch. It was enough to shut harvest down for a couple days but
it could have been worse - the lightning show was pretty spectacular
and they were reporting 60 - 80 mph winds around us. We needed the
rain for the milo crop, the alfalfa, and the pastures, but didnt
need the delay in wheat harvest. The rain is likely to bring on the
weeds now, which tend to plug up the combines and add moisture to
the wheat. Each rain also lowers the test weight of the wheat, which
is a quality factor that is taken into account when farmers sell their
guys are servicing equipment, making repairs, and checking the pastures.
The two Hoisington 4-H clubs are hosting a 4-H Fair Preview for the
Hoisington Chamber of Commerce and the public tomorrow morning, so
were trying to finish up projects for the displays. Wayne has
a friend out this afternoon and theyre washing the lambs and
his bucket calf, Georgie, so that we can take them into town tomorrow
morning. Julies in practicing baking with Deans Mom. They
enjoy cooking together and Grandma has a lot more patience than I
the storms in Kansas converged on Hoisington last night. Two miles
south of town, they reported 7 inches of rain. In town, it ranged
from 4.5 - 6.5 inches of rain. Where we live two miles north of town,
we had 3.5 inches. North of there, they didnt have quite so
much rain so we hope we can move to some of those fields and get back
to cutting wheat this weekend. Theres mowing, repairs, and all
kinds of things for the guys to do while they wait for the fields
to dry out.
The 4-H Preview in Hoisington was a hit. Wayne thinks his bucket calf,
Georgie, was insulted when a little girl called her a pig. Even in
rural areas, a lot of kids do not have first-hand experience with
farm animals. Everyone loved the lambs and Georgie, as well as the
rabbits and chickens other 4-Hers brought. The 4-Hers
had lots of their fair exhibits on display. Between the Chamber of
Commerce weekly coffee, the Summer Rec kids, and others, there were
probably 150-200 people who came and looked at the animals and displays.
Wayne had his last ball game tonight. As soon as Julies team
is finished, well be able to spend evenings working with the
4-H animals. They are more cooperative and easier to work with in
the evenings when it cools off.
were not harvesting, we decided we would give the calves their
haircuts for the fair. This morning, it was Solitaires turn.
The clippers we use cant hurt the calves, its just like
going in and getting a close-trimmed haircut. We dont go overboard
on making the calves look fancy, but just like we look to look our
best for an important event, the fair judges will be looking for the
calves that look their best. Trimming the hair off the calves
faces really gives them a neat, trim look.
excited that we cleaned out his pool and filled it today. Its
just a stock tank but it gives the kids a chance to splash around
and cool off. Swimming at the swimming pool in town is a real treat
but were busy enough, the kids have to find things they can
do here at home. We hope that theyll be interested in coming
back to the farm and the community when theyre older, and we
try to balance the work with some fun. Thats one reason both
Julie and Wayne play ball. Most of their friends play ball and they
get to see them at the ballpark a couple times a week.
got her haircut this morning. She has thick, curly hair - lots more
to work with than Solitaire. Well do some last minute trimming
at the fair but, for now, its regular shampoo baths and cold
water rinses - keeping the calves cool and clean.
back to cutting wheat. The ground is muddy so Dean wont be able
to put as much in the combine grain tank as usual. We bought a grain
cart last fall that will come in handy. The grain cart is pulled by
a tractor. The tractor and grain cart can go through mud and soft
spots where the trucks would get stuck. The grain cart has an unloading
auger so it unloads the wheat into the truck parked at the edge of
the field or out on the road. This also saves time as the combine
doesnt have to quit cutting wheat and travel to the edge of
the field every time it needs to unload.
night, I checked with my dad to see if he had started cutting wheat.
He planned to start cutting today. Dad lives northwest of Jamestown,
Kansas on a farm thats been in my mothers family since
the 1870s. At 84, he still farms full-time. My oldest brother
lives in Concordia, 230miles away, and helps out a lot. Dad said my
other brother from Ponca City, Oklahoma was coming home today to help
with harvest. Thats fairly common. Lots of family members come
back for wheat harvest. Deans brother from Salina will be back
on Sunday to help drive trucks. As a doctor, he usually only get to
help with wheat harvest one or two days each year.