THE END HAS COME!

The end of  the farming season, that is.   There are still many many things that need done, but the big jobs are finished.

This fall seemed especially busy.  The Milo was ready to cut while we were still planting wheat.  There just was simply not enough equipment and “manpower” to do both at the same time.  Doug was run ragged.  But now, due to a long dry fall (I guess no rain in a month is good for something.) we have finished planting and cutting.  It is so very seldom that we are finished before the middle of November.   We are so excited to enjoy the fall at a more leisurely pace!!   The wheat looks beautiful and the Milo yielded well.  All the time, God is good!

WHAT A TREAT

…..For our wheat seed, that is.    The quality of our crop begins with the seed.  We always clean the seed.  This takes out the cracked, small berries and things like joint grass.  (joint grass-how we hate it)  We have our soil tested so that we know if a certain field needs trace minerals or other nutrients which can be added at planting time. This year, our farm purchased a seed treater. Seed treating for fungus, ect. is not a new thing at all, but it’s new for us to do it ourselves.

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A farmer doing some homework!

It’s vital for us to get our wheat plants off to the best start possible.  A strong, healthy  plant with good roots will hold the soil.  In Southwest Kansas, soil erosion from wind is something we put every effort into preventing.  Have you ever been here in the spring?  To say the wind blows is an understatement.  Have you ever seen a bad dirt storm?  It’s a very ugly thing.   We can’t control nature.  We have no control over moisture, early freezes and wind, so we try to do our very best with our farming practices.

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Complicated!

This reminds me of a blood transfusion.   The red is just a colorant.  It’s a law that treated seed is colored.  Yes, farmers have many laws to obey, contrary to popular belief.

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Here is the cleaned seed being augered into the treater.

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It’s  put onto another truck, then it goes back into our grain bins until planting time when it’s taken out and put back onto a truck.  The truck takes the seed to the field where the air seeder is waiting.  Are you thinking that we handle our wheat a lot?  We do!  It’s an important part of farming.   That’s why we take care of it.

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….and now it’s time to plant.   Wish us luck!

GETTIN TESTY WITH IT

It Wheat Harvest Time!!  We  don’t, however just decide one day that “it’s time to cut!’  We ‘test cut’ to check the moisture level.  The elevator cannot dump wet wheat.  20160619_145219

We keep records of which field was planted to what variety and on what date.  Some varieties mature earlier than others.  Of course, we try them first.  A walk out in a field for a close look can tell us a lot about the readiness.

Sometimes it’s just a guess though, so we move to another field.  This involves dropping Hubby off at the combine.  Following him down the road.  Wondering for the 100th time why somebody hasn’t taken time to wash the windshield.

We cut a sample with the combine.  The combines have moisture testers built into their systems, but it’s a touchy process.  We also have a hand tester that we double check with.

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Whatever we cut, has to go onto the truck to be hauled to the elevator.

 

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Unfortunately, the wheat was not quite ready, so we will try it all again tomorrow.