Crimson Clover Field That Just Can’t Win

I feel like every year we have “that field”.  The one that just can’t get a break.  It might be the weather, the timing of planting, or any number of factors…but no matter what it just can’t win.

This year it’s one of our crimson clover fields.  This darn field has been through it all and while I’m over here praying it actually really does make it through it all, here’s what happened.

Fall Challenge:
Matt heads down to go look at the crimson field down by the river and my phone rings, “Holy…(um, we will use the word cow here) cow, the field is disappearing and fast!”  It’s early fall and it’s been warm, and the slugs have been feasting.  In very short order slugs from a neighboring field moved in with such vigor that they literally ate a 50′ strip down the entire length of the field!  This area completely disappeared within just a few days time!

Early Winter Challenge:
Matt heads down to go look at the crimson field down by the river and my phone rings, “Holy cow, you should see the ruts in our field, someone went mudding all over and it did a number!”  Crop damage is hard to tell at this point, ruts will be the largest factor come harvest when we are trying to drive through and over them.  This all makes me want to scream and put someone in that darn tractor for the hours, and hours, and hours it took to get that field perfectly flat and planted.  So frustrating!

Late Winter Challenge:
Matt heads down to go look at the crimson field down by the river and my phone rings, “Holy cow, our field is gone.  No really except for about 30 feet along the road, the field has disappeared in just four days.”  This picture captures the whole story.  In just a matter of a few short days a flock, or more correctly flocks of geese moved onto our field and had a feeding frenzy!  50 acres of beautiful crimson clover eaten down to nubs on the ground.

This is a photo of where they didn’t eat…isn’t is so pretty?!

This poor field, I’m telling you it just can’t win this year!  The good news is that we got most of the slug damaged areas replanted and it sprouted just in time for the geese to eat.  But the good news there is that it should grow out of it and just be a later harvest than the rest of the crimson we have (fingers crossed).  As for the jerks that drove all over our field…that one I’m still upset about!  This field still has until early July to try to survive before we harvest, here’s to hoping it gives it a good try and gets left alone for awhile.

But it all just goes to show, sometimes you can’t anticipate challenges that are going to hit your farm, your crops, or your land.  Sometimes you can go look at fields every day, and somehow miss one or two and just like that lose a crop.  Sometimes you decide that you and the boys are going to go look at the field down by the river instead of Matt.

And sometimes (maybe the most important lesson here) you learn that you just don’t answer the phone anymore when…

Matt heads down to go look at the crimson field down by the river and your phone rings, “Holy cow…”

Living a Zoo of a Life

I have been realizing more and more that life is more like a zoo than a calm flowing of one event to another.  It may be because I’m pregnant, it may be because it’s spring time and I’m a farmer, and it may be because I tend to lean towards the “always busy” side of life.  But no matter what the more life I get under my belt the more I realize that life does fly by and usually it’s true that it happens whether you’re having fun or not!

Although I have to say that right now at this point of my life, it’s all good stuff, so for me I can’t complain.  I have these lurking sort of panther moments where I just know I’m forgetting something, all while praying it comes to be before it’s too late, before the stalking ends and I’m the fresh kill for the day.


Then there are monkey moments when you get to be goofy, when you get to laugh, even if it’s just to keep yourself from losing it!  And the all too familiar elephant in the room (no not my belly thank you haha!) but the weather that seems to always want to change it’s mind and therefore change your plans on a moment to moment basis, especially in the spring time.


Then there the giraffe moments, when you can look around from a higher perspective and know that everything is just going to be ok.  If you just be calm and realize that even when you’re fighting horns to horns, if it isn’t alright, then clearly it isn’t the end.


So today as I get my blog out hours later than planned, because I’ve already met with a painter, picked up chemicals, checked on a crew, looked at a few fields, tracked down a cell phone, and helped load a buggy; I can’t help but take a deep breath and remind myself that once again this is all good stuff.  I think I”ll probably need a lot of reminding of that when our lives take a drastic turn here in a month with a new infant.  The common question of “what are you going to do?” keeps running through my mind.  So far the fake smile and “well we’ll just have to see” have been working, but the impending lion of reality is catching right up with every onsie I wash and soft blanket I fold into the crib.

I doubt this great zoo of my life will ever get any less crazy, probably just new animals to drive me nuts or make me laugh along the way.

 Sidenote: This post was inspired by a campaign from Dropcam to tell the stories about zoos in your life, might be a real zoo, might be an emotional zoo, or even just a wild experience!  If you’re interested in adding your story e-mail Tiffany at for more information.

**All photos are from a safari in Kenya in 2012.


Small Wildlife on the Farm

Saw this little guy out on a rainy day.

I took a video of him also but I can’t figure out how to upload it. Sorry I will consult techy friends and hopefully have it up later today! Happy photo Friday!

Here’s the video…it’s not exciting at all haha, but some might enjoy!

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