Friday, June 29, 2012

Wheat Mature Enough to Leave Home Alone

The sun has been shining this week. 
The wheat has continued to mature. 
 Under the heads the leaves look healthy.
 The stalks are standing strong, although there is a bit of leaf disease present.
There is just a touch of color in the beards at the tops of the heads. 
The land is still a sea of green. 
 But it won't stay that way for long.
So, we took a quick trip to see our favorite baseball team play a game. 
We decided that the wheat could be left alone for a few hours. 
Our favorite baseball player was on the mound that night. 
 The wheat waved goodbye as we drove away.
The boys played a double header. Sitting in the stands on a long Summer evening was most pleasant. 
The wheat was still waving the next morning. 
The green is turning golden in GriggsDakota.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Considering a Grain Cart

Reminders about the hazards present in our daily lives always catch my attention. 
 I appreciate the stickers that are applied to equipment, because when it comes to equipment and many other things on a farm, it is wise to be cautious.
 We are looking at grain carts.
Even though it is June, we are beginning to prepare for harvest. 
The winter wheat will be ready in a few weeks and the equipment is being evaluated.
We replaced our faithful tractor the  CaseIH 9170 with a CaseIH-Steiger MX 385 earlier this year. Click on the link to review that story. Now we are looking at replacing the faithful 20 year old grain cart.
Buying equipment in the computer age has changed things a little. Before we make a trip to a lot, auction, or answer an add in the paper, we do research on the Internet. Armed with information gleaned in the virtual world, we come back to reality to look at what is available in our area. 
Robbie has long been our grain cart driver, so his opinion is sought in the live search. 
He and Farmer Fred look all the way around each one they consider. 
Then crawl up and under the cart. They check structure, flighting, apparent ease of maintenance, and features. 
Load capacity varies. The trend is to larger equipment and we could used a larger model than we have. Farmer Fred doesn't want too much weight driving across the field compacting the soil, so how big is too big? There are many decisions. 
It is a little like buying a car. You want all the features you need at the best price. 
 Augers fold in different directions and across various exterior surfaces. Every brand has their own distinct system. 
So far, we're just thinking in GriggsDakota.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Family game of Double Board Monopoly

Evenings spent playing Double Board Monopoly are fun for everyone in GriggsDakota. It is a game we made up when there were too many of us to play with just one Monopoly set. 
There is usually an expert of two hanging around to advise those new to the game, so the experienced players don't have too much of an advantage. 
I don't know who won on this night, but I always bet on the girl.

Below is the post from last June, where I explained the game of Double Board Monopoly in more detail:
 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.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Rosie Trail

 Most places in GriggsDakota we let nature do the roadside beautification.
 And nature brings wild roses.
There are a variety of weeds as well as grasses and alfalfa. 
The alfalfa was attracting bees on this beautiful afternoon. 
I stood and watched a while, absorbing the Summer day as the bees worked away. 
 Soon the farmers will be required to mow the roadside growth. It gets to be a safety hazard.
But for today it made the dusty trail beautiful. 
A scented spectacle in GriggsDakota.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Canola In Bloom

 The Canola is blooming.
Canola prefers to bloom in cool weather. 
The longer it stays cool, the more blooms are produced. 
Blossoms produce pods. 
Pods hold canola seeds which yield canola oil. 
Click Here to see mature pods and seeds from last year's harvest. 
Canola fields hum with the activity of bees. 
There are hives of bees tucked in around the area, which produce delicious honey. 
When I was taking photos of canola fields, I noticed this field of what appears to be field peas. From the road they appear to be a variety that I am not familiar with. We raised field peas, harvested as grain not as vegetables, several years ago. 
This field will be fun to watch as I drive by on my way to GriggsDakota.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Summertime Sun

 Summer has finally arrived.
It seems that we wait for this week all year long. 
 The evenings are so long that they stretch into tomorrow.
 It's nearly dawn before it is really dark.
 The sun give the illusion of golden fields.
 The beards catch the light and wave it around.
 The truth is still pretty green in both the wheat and barley fields.
We've had a little rain this week. 
The clouds have at times been threatening, but have moved on. 
The temperatures have been moderate. 
Barley weather 
To start the Summertime in GriggsDakota.