Diary - Week 1 When I was asked to participate in this diary, I’ll 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 you’re 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 ...
- Van Wert
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...
Week 5 Monday July 25, 2011 Oscar primarily did the morning feeding by himself. Chris came around 9:00 to help finish up. Jeremy hauled hogs for a friend to the Camden locker early this morning and picked up calf feed from Harvestland on his way back. We have tried many different brands of calf feed from different companies but we keep coming back to this one because the calves seem to grow bes...
Monday July 25 As with most Mondays this time of the year, we started the day cutting flowers. As a result of the dry weather we have a somewhat narrower selection of cut flowers available, but what we have looks very good. Two orders were cut and delivered by 10:00AM. A pallet of tomatoes were then loaded on the truck and delivered to Burwinkles. That emptied the packing shed just about the t...
Monday July 18, 2011 HOT. HOT. HOT. I make a gallon of ice tea, ½ gallon homemade sports drink (1 Kool-Aid packet, 1/4 tsp Morton Lite salt, 1/4 tsp salt, heaping 1/2 cup sugar, 2 quarts water) every day. Plus we drink gallons of water. Michael took calf 830 to Dr. Krom, leaving at 7 AM to beat the heat. Dr. Krom said the foot is healing and to continue penicillin for 5 days. But at least we d...
Week 4 Monday, July 18, 2011 Jeremy was here bright and early to help feed this morning. Then Chris and Oscar gathered the round bales of straw from Jeremy’s and brought them to the farm here. After feeding at the other farms, Chris mowed grass. We got a new bucket for the skid loader today and Oscar used it to clean out the barn at Jeremy’s. He spread the manure from the barn over the wheat fie...
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