Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Are you getting tired of this?

I am! 

We bought a Bennche side-by-side which is like a farmer's 4WD golf cart!  There are two seats (side-by-side) and a little truck bed in the back for hauling small things.  This is perfect for me to go around and pick up sticks.  This company makes parts for Yamaha, who has a similar vehicle, but is about a third more in price.  They added things like a windshield and doors that make you go "ooooooo-aaaahhhhh", until you use it.  The windshield and doors will be coming off!  The windshield makes the exhaust and dust wrap right around into your face.  It is possible to take off the bottom part of the windshield, only.  We might try that. 
This can be licensed for town and is the only one in it's class that can.  It can only be used where the speed limit is 35 or below.  If we don't license and use it only for farm, we can go as fast as we want (goes about 50 mph) and can drive it to town to pick up feed bags if we want.  Why would we want?  I dunno, but I think I'll try it just once!  I see many of our neighbors have gotten them.  Must be the new thing.  Don't run over us on the roads!  :)
I can see Kelly driving it to his deer stand in the middle of the section.  Good thing it has a winch as I'm sure it will need it!  

Monday, June 24, 2013

I hear thunder....

Rain every single day.  So happy the hay is baled.  If it ever quits, I'll go get a photo of a bale.  Took this the other night at the campground.  Deer are so beautiful. 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Let It Rain

Crops are in, except for the wet spots.  He left the planter out so he could plant them later, but it's not looking good for that.  Quick, heavy shower yesterday and a storm this morning. 

Plan for next year is to get another planter and both he and Kelly can plant beans.  Going back to narrow rows, possibly. 

Hills en route to Denison

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Back in Motion

Finishing up the last field--best he can, anyway.  He will try to plant the wet areas if they get dry enough, soon enough.  Kelly is trying to get the hay raked and keeping the planter filled.  Thirty percent chance of rain the next few days.  Crossing our fingers. 

Loading the Planter
 Looks plenty dry

But it's not

 Very sticky in places

Lunch break

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013


Dang, we just can't catch a break!  Lynn was struggling today, trying to plant in the mud.  Lots of breakdowns.  At 11:00, he'd been out there for 4 hours and did 4 acres.  A little while later it started to POUR!  There's water sitting everywhere again as there is just nowhere for it to go.  :(

 pouring rain
drip drip
 flowers like it
 Beatrice DOES NOT!
And now that the ground is thoroughly saturated again, it's sunny!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

After last years' drought, I feel a bit guilty even thinking that, but...geez!  We had a small dry spell there that didn't even give us time to get those dancing shoes on.  It's been raining pretty good since...oh, noon or before. 

Lynn's been trying to plant around wet spots.  When he gets into mud, the planter gets plugged and needs to be pressure sprayed out.  Takes precious time away from planting. 

If we ever get caught up, Lynn's plan is to put up a shed/machine shop.  Not sure of the size yet. 

 dirt work for the shed
neighbors moving cows 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Get Ready for the Happy Dance!

When it will come we don't know, but we know from years of experience that it will come!  Farmer's faith. 

Tried to plant around wet spots, but got plugged with mud anyway.  Planter had to be pressure-sprayed out.  I think he had four breakdowns yesterday.  Rain today. 

He bought another used HyVee semi today.  Not sure what he's doing with Chuck's truck yet.  Anybody need an old semi with a sleeper? 

Anyway, plenty of time to polish off our dancing shoes for that wonderful last day of planting--whenever it comes!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Prayers for Farmers, pretty please?

Lynn got in the field yesterday and sprayed.  Today is planting day.  Broke down by 9:00 AM.  80% chance of rain tomorrow.  This breakdown is really a bummer as time is running short. 

As planting season wears thin, farmers will be working harder, longer hours, less sleep, not eating right and it's all wearing, not to mention down-right dangerous.  Please be patient on the road and keep us in your prayers. 

Farmplace near here...

Saturday, June 1, 2013

No Progress!

It's still plenty wet out there.  Lots of standing water. Glad we aren't in OK where they continue to have tornados that are leaving folks dead.  Prayers go out to them.  There is an 80% chance of rain today, so it will likely be awhile before we get the beans in.  Corn is growing! 

Had a spot of sunshine and caught this bumble bee doing the splits.  That term busy as a bee?  Well, I learned where that came from whilst chasing these guys around and trying to get a shot!

What a beautiful micro-world this guy lives in...