Thursday, June 30, 2011

Green Ocean of Potential- Winter Wheat Headed!

There are some things that never get old. 
For farmers, one of those things is the thrill of watching a wheat field form waves in the wind. 
The wheat whispers and dances as the joy of a true Summer day has descended upon its field. 
 I share its joy, even though I left my boots at home and was wandering into the muddy field in my sandals. It smells like Summer: a warm mix of earth and vegetation.
There are struggles this season, the crop potential is uncertain, according to what I have read. 
This wheat made it through a brutal Winter is battling on toward maturity. 
"There is no heavier burden than a great potential." Charles Shultz gave Charlie Brown those words. The Winter Wheat is showing great potential, yet there are many days of uncertainty ahead.
But we had what we needed today. Today the wheat and I were laughing in the wind blowing through GriggsDakota.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hootenannies are a Hoot

After a day of work 
Robbie likes to grab a guitar and make music. 
 The Farm Inspector and the Ag Analyst accompany him when they can. They use clothes pins to keep the music from blowing around in the windy music room.
Everyone who knows the words to the song joins in as Robbie strums and sings the lead. Jesus Loves Me and the Eensy Weensy Spider are favorites tonight. 
The Farm Inspector keeps perfect time on the wood block. The Ag Analyst wishes her brother was here to play the piano.
 It wears Elmo out, so the Ag Analyst falls asleep quickly.
As does the Farm Inspector. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Perhaps Someday An Orchard

There is more to this story than spade and soil.
It all started in the Winter, when we were too often kept indoors. 
We spent too much time dreaming 
It lead us into ordering which was followed by delivery.
It's clear to me that Winter is to blame.
From there we went to planting
 With planning
And digging 
The yard, we know will never be the same.
Farmer Fred knows that Winter is to blame.
And now again we're dreaming, of an orchard
With apples 
and hazelnuts.
And we hope someday to have Winter to thank.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Double Board Monopoly

 On a rainy night when the gang is all here, you just might find a game of double board Monopoly being played in GriggsDakota. All the land is distributed from both game sets and all trading is done prior to the start of play. This speeds up the game. We don't want to be here all night and we no longer like to continue Monopoly games for days as we once did when the cousins visited.
We used two distinctly different Monopoly sets, so the land and property were kept separate for each board. We don't always play it that way, but experimenting is fun.
It took some explaining and consideration
But in the end, a good time was had by all and the girl won.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Bottle Calf

There's always a sad story or two behind a bottle calf in a beef herd. Feeding a bottle calf every day is not how a cattleman likes to spend his time, unless you have a pink cowboy hat in the picture.
The Farm Inspector is here to look things over. 
And the Ag Analyst jumps in to take over. 
The hungry calves have the routine down and the Analyst has no fear of cattle. 
A small ration of feed boost the calves' nutrition. 
 Pouring it into the feed pan carefully makes music.
And the beat goes on.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Keep Going Between Rains

A late Spring meant the weeds got off to a good start.
A wet Spring meant it was difficult to get in the field to remove rocks and tend to details in a timely manner.
So although it is now officially Summer, we are still thinking Spring. 
It's still very wet around here and cool. 
Our sprayers are rolling whenever the conditions allow. Don't worry, we are very careful. We don't want anything to wash away. It cost us entirely too much.
Every acre needs fertilizer and weed control in GriggsDakota. 
So we roll along as we keep one eye on the weather radar screen 
And the other on the sky.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Alfalfa Growing Strong on Canola Ground

 Last Season we planted alfalfa in a canola field.
And the canola grew up above the alfalfa where it blossomed and ripened.
There are three posts that followed this crop through the season. 
Click on the title of the post to visit.
Alfalfa in the Canola published June 18, 2010
Alfalfa Takeover published August 31, 2010
Alfalfa Ready to Rest published November 2, 2010
A check on the field showed that the alfalfa has indeed taken over after its winter's rest. 
 There are a few sticks from the canola standing,
They must have done a good job of holding the snow which kept the alfalfa roots warm enough to survive our severe winter.
You had to know they were there and look for them to notice the canola stalks that remain. 
Some areas in GriggsDakota had frost on the alfalfa in May.
This field seems unaffected. 
The alfalfa is lush and green under mackerel sky in GriggsDakota.