The Day the Wheels Came Off

12 Jul

We are on day three of grass seed harvest. So far things are, or at least were, going pretty smoothly. Then all the wheels came off. Or more accurately, one wheel came off…of our combine. Yeesh!

So here’s the good news….

1. It was not going down the road at 20mph.

2. It was on a corner of the field and out of the way.

3. It happened at 4:30pm, a full 30 minutes before normal business hours are closed for parts.

4. The parts that weren’t here got a red eye from the east coast and should arrive this morning.

5. The weather cooperated, we went late and with only one harvester still got the field done yesterday.

6. I had flip said combine tire over, which gave me the chance to make an excellent “farmer CrossFit” joke.

The bad news….well I think just the fact that a freaking wheel came off our combine is enough bad news!!

Onward and upward….day three here we come!

Harvest 2018 Begins

18 Jun

It seems like yesterday we were driving all the harvest equipment into the barns…until next year…and as things seem to go these days, just like that we are at it again!

Crimson clover for seed is our first crop this year. We got up bright and early to start cutting our first fields today. We have a lot of acres this year, mostly because the price is low (haha!).

In a week or so we will come back and combine these fields, taking the seed to a cleaner, then selling it for cover crops, pastures and game plots.

So here we go again, hoping for a better year than last, and some good weather to go along with it!

Farm Update

18 May

This farmer is slowly getting back out into the fields. It hasn’t been easy, this time of year much of the work on the farm is more physical than I could be after a csection just a few weeks back.

So Millie, the boys and I have improvised and have taken to more gentleman type approach….a more farming the pavement kind of thing….basically we drive around a lot and do a little walking. And on a beautiful day, down long dirt roads, it isn’t the same but it isn’t all bad.

Everything is growing like crazy right now! The grass is shooting heads of seed, hopefully ones that will be nice and full for a good yield. The clover is blooming and gorgeous!! And our spring crops like radish and squash are in the ground and starting to grow.

We also are doing a lot of orchard work, for example scraping the orchard floor to get it ready for harvest, even though it won’t be for months. Leveling and getting rid of debris, keeping suckers at bay, and making sure to protect against insects and disease keep us very busy this time of year.

So there’s my update, quickly typed up between fields while out driving around with my new little lady in tow.

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