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Jeff Ittel - Green Prairie Sod

Diary of Jeff Ittel - Green Prairie Turf Week 4, August 22-28, 2011

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Monday, August 22nd We started the week the way we normally do, by cutting sod. It was a lighter day with a few deliveries. We started the TL irrigation unit with the end of the field 600 feet away. When it reached the end we would wait a day or two and send it back on a return watering. With about ten feet to go the TL quit pulling. It appeared to bog down. The TL had started to pull an extra hos...

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Mike & Suzanne Garver - Garver Family Farm Market

Diary of Mike Garver - Garver Family Farm Market , Week 4, August 22-26, 2011

Published Sep. 6, 2011

August 22     Mondays are the day I choose to get things done that are not really directly involved with our market.  There has been a wash out along the ditch on part of our property that  I have looked at all summer.  Due the heavy rains this spring,  soil erosion has been quite excessive.  So after everything for the market has been completed, I was on a mission to take care of the eye sore tha...

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Dan & Michelle Crout - Crout Farm

Diary of Michelle Crout - Crout Farm, Week 4, August 22-28, 2011

Published Sep. 6, 2011

August 22 The weather is beautiful today, though we could use some rain. Dan is culling two cows today and will be traveling to tri-state livestock yard. It will take him about an hour one way. After delivering the cows he will proceed to Gratis and continue excavating on the previous day’s work. He also made a trip to Ro-Lin Farms to price fertilizer. Hopefully we won’t have trouble getting ferti...

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Mike & Suzanne Garver - Garver Family Farm Market

Diary of Mike Garver - Garver Family Farm Market , Week 3, August 15-21, 2011

Published Aug. 22, 2011

August 15 Had a disappointing harvest this morning with sweet corn.  The crop has been steady up till this point. The lack of ample rain has slowed down the maturity of plant.  I've spent much time and energy planting this crop to ensure a steady Summer supply, but things that look good on paper don't always follow suit.  Scratched my head and brainstormed on where to get corn for wholesale orders...

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Jeff Ittel - Green Prairie Sod

Diary of Jeff Ittel - Green Prairie Turf Week 3, August 15-21, 2011

Published Aug. 22, 2011

Monday, August 15th We started the week cutting sod. We got that covered and moved onto the next thing. The storm from Saturday night lifted some netting. The guys went out and pinned it back down. The soil held the netting down actually very well. Jeff was saying that when they planted the ground had sufficient moisture. The soil was firm enough to hold the netting as it was cut into the ground. ...

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Dan & Michelle Crout - Crout Farm

Diary of Michelle Crout - Crout Farm, Week 3, August 15-21, 2011

Published Aug. 22, 2011

August  15 Our daughter, Shannon will be traveling back to Michigan today.  It was nice to have her home for a little while. Our daughter-in-law Jamie will take off the next two days, so I will not be watching Hannah. She will be spending time with her daughter for her birthday. Bonding time is precious! We did the usual morning routine then I will be leaving about 10:30 to go to Columbus. The dri...

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Jeff Ittel - Green Prairie Sod

Diary of Jeff Ittel - Green Prairie Turf, Week 2, August 8-14, 2011

Published Aug. 15, 2011

Monday August 8th It was another slow Monday for sod cutting. We only had one order and the customer picked it up. I ordered some off road fuel for the irrigation pumps. We have two pumping stations on the farm. These pumps are from an old fire protection system. We got them down in Shandon from the old Segrams storage facility. They are a matched set of 220 hp Cummins diesel engines. They are hoo...

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Mike & Suzanne Garver - Garver Family Farm Market

Diary of Mike Garver - Garver Family Farm Market , Week 2, August 8-14, 2011

Published Aug. 15, 2011

August 8      I started my day by letting out our chickens at 6 am.  Then all workers gathered for the days agenda and then we proceeded to pick sweet corn.  I called Trupointe, a seed, chemical and fertilize business, on a credit that for some reason did not show up on this months invoice.  I had to stop by the post office and mail a package and then off to my insurance agent.  We supply several ...

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Dan & Michelle Crout - Crout Farm

Diary of Michelle Crout - Crout Farm, Week 2, August 8-14, 2011

Published Aug. 15, 2011

August 8 Today is Monday and the usual happenings on the Crout farm, such as milking and cleaning. I will have our granddaughter, Hannah all week long because the other babysitter is on vacation. This will limit my time in the parlor to clean, so I will have to do that at a later date.  Hannah is so much fun to watch and see her learn new things and begin to talk in her own language! Dan is sprayi...

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Jeff Ittel - Green Prairie Sod

Diary of Jeff Ittel - Green Prairie Turf Week 1, August 1-7, 2011

Published Aug. 8, 2011

Monday August 1st To start the day we didn't have any orders for sod. We usually slow down through the hot summer months, so this wasn't too unusual. This gave us a chance to do a little sod install job that we had on the books. My guys got this completed before lunch. After lunch we serviced a cultivator. We have been using it to work the ground that soon will be planted in sod. We had a large or...

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