Monday July 11, 2011 With the hot weather in the forecast, we hook up extra water tanks for the cattle. Since the cows are still in their breeding groups, we have 6 different pastures with cattle. All the groups have access to geo-thermal Mira founts. The geo-thermal tubes keep the water cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. But, when it gets real hot, some cows just stand over the water,...
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Monday, July 11, 2011 Today was really a hot one! According to the news it was 97 ° with 81% humidity giving us a heat index of 113°. Dangerously hot. But for some reasons the calves still expect to be fed! In our newest group, they are all doing well and still on bottles. From the July 1st group we still have two calves that have not switched over from bottles to buckets. One is a very lar...
Monday July 11 Our son Mark and the two boys made it to our home last night about 10PM. We were all very happy to see each other. As expected the boys needed a “bedtime snack” and really didn’t want to stop talking about -- well everything. Since they got in late and were tired from their 12+ hour drive we all slept in a bit this morning. Breakfast was a bit piecemeal as we all rolled out of be...
July 4, Monday Blessed with slight rain. It took me all morning to prepare meals for the week for Michael Everett and nephew Luke Combs, who will do feeding and stay at our house while we travel to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, delivering 3 bulls. I love lettuce from the garden, but it takes a while to clean, and I am not sure the guys appreciate all the effort. Other than gallons of ice tea, b...
Monday July 4 A happy Fourth of July to all!! The precipitation we had this morning was what we call a “teaser”. Not enough to really help the crops but enough to make it a “boot day” and spread some fungal diseases around in the tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers and squash. It was good, however, for the transplants that we put in the field the past two evenings. They were all standing straight up ...
Monday, July 4, 2011 Got up to gray skies and a few sprinkles today. We sure could use a rain! Oscar and I did the morning feeding. The new calves are doing really well. Many of them are drinking water from a bucket already which will make it easy to move them from bottles to buckets later in the week. Jeremy got ready to double-crop soybeans. This means that two crops will be harvested from ...
Monday, June 27th- Thursday, June 30th Everyday this week was pretty much the same. I would wake up and then for the rest of the day I would either run wheat, bale straw, plant beans, work on tearing down the barn, or just working on little stuff around the farm. This week has been very busy and it just seems a little crazy sometimes. Everybody wants to make sure they have everything planted, ...
Monday, June 27 This morning I woke up, fed my animals, and then got ready for in car. I have three days of in car this week, and then next week I can go take the test to get my license. Today is a two-hour day and then on Wednesday and Thursday I have three-hour days. In car was a lot of fun and was very interesting. My instructor that I have was my kindergarten bus driver and she is hilariou...
Friday July 1 A hot day on the farm, made even hotter by the work we are doing. Our early tomato planting (1.2 acres, about 5500 plants) is at the point where we apply straw mulch between the plants and in the rows. We spent yesterday getting prepared by making the final cultivation of the field, and hauling the straw (200 plus bales) from a neighboring farm. Putting the straw down is a signifi...
Friday, July 1, 2011 Yee Haw! Oscar and I are in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. We left on Wednesday after the morning feeding was done (about 1:00) to take a short trip to the Gatlinburg area. Jeremy will hold down the fort while we are gone. We come down several times a year just to get a little R & R. I planned this trip several months ago. It is always difficult to plan to be away from home. No m...
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