Monday, April 18th Dear Diary……Today is the start of week three reporting my whereabouts and thoughts. I trust it has been interesting reading and the thoughts not too provoking. This is the week that we will be preparing the farm stead for shearing the 18 alpacas. It will be a busy week as there will be a lot to do so there will not be any problems arise that will slow down the shearers. ...
- Van Wert
Monday, April 11 Spring planting is right around the corner. Time to get the tractors serviced and ready. A farm uses many kinds of machines to grow corn, soybeans and wheat. A tractor is the most important machine a farmer uses. Tractors are used to pull other machines that will plant, harvest or carries the crops to storage or the market. Big combines have important jobs to do, every summer they...
Monday, April 11 Dear Diary……..Today is the start of another new week. I looked at the weather map on the television and it looked like we can expect rain all day. Did not do much today other than the “usual”. Mary, Sally and I did go to Hamilton and got a few errands accomplished. I don’t seem to handle rain like I did at one time. Tuesday, April 12 Today was a bit better than yesterday...
Monday April 11 There are many old sayings, and many come from farmers’ observation of the weather. One of my favorites is “ If it rains on Monday it will rain three days that week”. If you look at this from just the percentages, you might want to bet on it. Since it rained on the first day of the week, it only needs to rain two more days of the six following days to win. If you live in Ohio in...
Monday April 4 What a day, it rained almost the entire day. We don’ t have our rain gauge out, but if we didn’t get at least an inch, I would be very surprised. The first thing we did was to get the pictures and the information from last week into Cathy at Farm Bureau. It was a great day to catch up on farm expense and income accounts. We have not used Quicken or any other electronic accountin...
Monday, April 4, 2011 Finally some warmer weather despite the sprinkles and possible passing thunderstorms it feels good outside. Spring fieldwork is right around the corner! The warm weather is just what we need to get ready for our farm tours. This is one way we have diversified our operation to generate funds to pay the bills, feed the animals and raise our family on the farm. Every year thousa...
Monday, April 4, 2011 Hello folks, it is Monday and the start of a new week. In order for me to wake up each morning I set my clock radio and let it buzz for awhile. The weather was nasty with a lot of rain predicted for the day. Mary went off to teach school and left Sally and me to do the alpaca feeding. After being around them for ten minutes or so they tend to make you happy and glad you a...
Friday, April 1 Up bright and early this morning to get 5 kids out the door for college and school. Not as early as when we milked dairy cows a few years ago. Dairy farmers get up very early to milk, feed, water and care for their dairy animals. This is a seven day a week job that last from sun-up until sun down. Often their chores have to be done before family activities because dairy cows have ...
Friday April 1, 2011 I worked today in the morning for a couple of hours on my job as a crop adjuster. Yesterday, the March 31 Planting Intentions and the March Grain Inventory reports were released by the United States Department of Agriculture. The price of corn, soybeans, and wheat traded on the Chicago Board of Trade are affected by these reports for the nearby future. The price in Chicago det...
Friday, April 1, 2011 Hello folks, how’s everything “Down On The Farm”? I remember listening to a gentleman from Indiana (Boss Johnson) who had a radio show and when he came on the air he asked that question. So, starting today and for the month of April, I will be telling you about things down on the farm! Our farms are located at Shandon, Ohio, and you will be learning about raising alpacas b...
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