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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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 ...
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...
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...
Diary - Week 1 When I was asked to participate in this diary, Iíll have to admit I was reluctant. Would I take the time to share our work day with people and would it be informative? So, I agreed to be involved. Those of you that farm know youíre always busy doing some form of manual labor, especially, in the spring and summer. For dairy, you milk twice a day, 7 days a week. No paid vacations, at ...
August 1 This has certainly been a summer that can push a person to their threshold.† The hot dry summer is not only taking a toll on the crops, but also the people who work out in it.†† Monday was an ordinary day.† I am extremely tired because I was out late last night.† My family and I received four free tickets to the Tim McGraw-Luke Bryan concert at Riverbend.† We even got backstage passes to ...
Monday July 25, 2011 I choose to start this week like I did the last: HOT.† HOT. HOT. And add to that DRRRRY.††† We pulled all the bulls away from the breeding pastures, so our spring calving will end about May 1 next year.† We tried putting our 0810 bull with the 11 fall yearlings, but they all ganged up on him. So, we rescued him from the mob of young bulls. We penned him in a wooded area to rec...
My name is Michael Garver, along with my wife Suzanne Hazelwood Garver; we own and operate the Garver Family Farm Market.† We have two children Alayna (12) and Andy (9).† Our farm is located in Lemon Township just outside of Monroe.† I farm alongside my father Robert Garver on our fifth generation farm.† We currently farm 1255 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and hay in both Butler and Preble Counti...
Crout Farms Welcome to life on the Crout Farm. My name is Michelle, my husband is Dan and we have 3 children. One girl and 2 boys, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter.† Our daughter, Shannon is a doctor in residency in Michigan, our oldest son, Aaron is married (to Jamie) and they have a one year old girl, Hannah.† Aaron is a John Deere tech and his wife, Jamie is an LPN. Our youngest son, Isaac...
Hello, My name is Jeff Ittel and I raise turfgrass sod. I am married to Michele and we have four children. Jahni, Holly, Madison, and Joe.††† ††† This operation is set up in partnership with my parents, John and Phyllis and my brother Jerry. We have been raising sod since 1981 when dad planted the first crop. The fall of 1983 dad asked me if I would be interested in returning to the farm and runni...
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