Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Time's A'Wastin'!

Nearing the end of manure hauling.  It always gets a little hairy as they can't haul once the ground is frozen.  They are finishing a job and have one more left. 

New machine shed is going up.  I would hate to be those guys working outside in this cold.  Yesterday morning there was only a foundation.

Noon yesterday

  Close to 5 PM

Today at 11 AM
They worked until after dark last night.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

What does the farmer say???

BESIDES HARVEST, 2013, WAS FINISHED ON 11/14/13!!!!!!!

This is what the farmer says:  (parody of "What does the fox say?")


Monday, November 11, 2013

Getting Close to the End!

Lynn says we have about 150 acres left.  Not a great crop this year because of the drought. The corn is a little wet and drying has been a pain and expensive.  For those of you unfamiliar, there are bins for drying with fans and a dealybob in there to stir it.  After it gets dry, it is moved to another bin by way of tractors, wagons, and augers.  Augers are like elevators that take it to the top of the bin and dump it in.  I wonder if I've posted any pictures of that on this blog.  ?? 

Dumping on the go

Field monitor
Don't get too excited, it only says 209 bu/acre because he had to stop and back up to unplug.  It figures by the speed you are going, too, so since he wasn't moving at the time and the corn was still running through it looks real good!  On this photo, we had only been most of the way around the field as you can see from the photo.  What is lit up is where we had been.  The arrow was where we were when this photo was taken.  It all fills in in colors according to how the yield was in that area. 

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Dark areas are where the corn died during the hot, dry spell.  Not much corn in thoes areas.

Beavers had been busy

They eat the corn and haul the stalks


I can't imagine how they live here, but okay....

This one was taken from the same spot, only to the left.

old as mold

Rental tractor

Chuck's old Allis

 Kelly's supper

Always fixin'

gotcha, Kelly!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Pasture No More

Rather sad as our last pasture is being turned to crop land.  No more cows and calving in the spring.  No more romping calves in the morning sun.  :(

These girls would love some of that baby food...

Curious calves

Kelly filling the creep feeder for the little ones

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fixin' Day

Rain today so it's a good time to change oil, grease things, weld things, etc.  Unfortunately, yesterday was full of repairs, so no work was done in the field.  First thing in the morning, the semi wouldn't start.  Didn't see Lynn until after 2:00 for lunch.  An axle broke on a manure wagon.  They carry quite a load! 

Didn't have any good beans and really had some bad beans.  Hoping the corn is looking better than the beans that were planted later.  Did I mention that harvesting the beans is finished?  That's always a good feeling. 

Lynn's MO cousin is coming up on Thursday to help.  He helps every year and it's always pleasant to have him around.  Plus we get to visit with his wife, Becky, as she comes up for a weekend during his visit. 

Make it a grand day! 

Beauty of Autumn in Iowa!  Found all of these things fairly close to home...

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Harvest Continues AND Stinky Manure Hauling

Still in beans.  They are drying rather slowly.  Everything will be done at once.  We were in two fields today and they varied from the 20's to the 40's, as far as bushels per acre.  Interesting how different they can be. 

Corn field

  Silver Maple

Iowa State Flower, Wild Rose

 Walnuts in jackets

 Pampas Grass

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


So I didn't have to run the grain cart much today. Yes! Friend, Bobby, did. Dork told everyone I was the one who dumped the beans on the ground. Man.....MAN UP! LOL








  Parker and grandpa

Anybody wanna pick apples?

 great harvest!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Harvest Begins

And we're off!  Actually took out a few fields in the last week and a half.  Had to wait for more soybeans to dry.  Received two calls for manure hauling, so that means Kelly will be doing that and I get the pleasure of running the grain cart.  What that means is driving along beside the combine while it unloads on the cart and then taking them to a semi truck at the edge of the field and dumping them.  When the semi is full, the driver takes it to a bin or to town.  No pictures today, but I'll be there tomorrow! 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Alrighty Then......

Crops are pretty fried already, but the next 5 days or more of 100 degree temps ought to finish them off cold....er....HOT!  This is just f....UNREASONABLE!

Saturday, August 24, 2013


Clouds and rumbles to the north.  Radar shows rain heading NE.  :(

On the bright side, the sun shines above the clouds!  hehe

Friday, August 23, 2013

Spraying Time!

I love to watch the planes fly overhead as they spray.  They get so close to buildings and wires sometimes that it scares me!  I missed the best shots today, darnit!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

:'( Hard Times

Gosh, with all that rain this spring, we have had 1/4" all summer!  Some of the corn is just falling over.  I asked Lynn if we had a wind storm I didn't know about, and he said that it's just brittle and dead.  Huge spots of beans are turning a gross light bluish-green and dying.  Some of the areas didn't even get planted as the spring was so wet right into summer.  Lynn tried planting some really late beans (I mean, REALLY LATE) into the muddy spots.  It hasn't worked well.  I thought LAST YEAR'S drought was bad!  Sheesh...

Perhaps tomorrow I'll get photos of the crops. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Wow.  No rain yet!  It goes, east, north, south...  If the wind decides to blow, it's going to be pretty wicked, as thick as the dust is.  Below is a photo of some cows keeping cool.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Stuck Again!

While spraying yesterday, Lynn found a wet spot by a well.  He was keeping an eye on the well and didn't see this.  Hard to believe a few feet away it's dry as a bone!

It pulled out rather easily.

Hoped for rain to settle this ground.  Bah!  Resorting to sprinkling.