Diary of Gail Lierer- Week 2- November 8-13

Monday-November 8

I had to take the car to get the car to get serviced in the morning.  On the way to get that job taken care of I had clients calling about claims on their crop insurance.  The farmers are wrapping up and most are finished with their crops and seeing they just don’t have the crops they should have harvested.  I will file claims when I get back home.  When I arrived home Dave was already putting in tile.  He had one run done and was starting his second.  We put in tile for drainage for our crops.  This year we had half of the field done in the spring and we noticed a 30 bushel difference between where we had the tile and where we did not have it.  Drainage is very important to farmers because when we have the heavy downpours it can get the excess water away from the crop faster and does not let the corn or soybeans stand in water.  If the water stands on the crop you run the chance of drowning it and you would not have a crop in the fall to harvest.  I made lunch and we had a picnic in the field with this beautiful 70 degree weather.  It is very unusual to have this kind of weather in November.  After lunch I helped him run a line of tile with the stringer I drove the pickup truck and pulled the stringer.  Dave worked until dark and I came home to start reading the County applicatoins for Farm Bureau awards given out to different counties each year. On Friday I have volunteered to be one of the judges for this event so I have 22 county awards to read and judge by the time I arrive in Columbus on Friday.

Tuesday-Thursday- November 9-11

Dave worked on the tile and I would go as needed between working on my claims for Crop insurance and meetings.  On Tuesday we quit a little early and went into Hamilton for the Soil and Water banquet.  They had a hog roast with side dishes to eat and good desserts.  Wednesday morning I had to be at our Farm Service Agency board meeting.  Our county committee consists of farmers from various parts of Butler County.  If someone takes ground out of production we have to view the map and sign off on the paperwork.  Each meeting it is sad to see how much land we are losing to development or other non agriculture related items.  A typical meeting lasts about 2-3 hours.  So after the meeting I hurried home to check on Dave and as I was driving past saw he was doing alright.  Instead of going up I hurried and cleaned my mom’s carpets I didn’t want the 74 degree weather to get away so her carpets could dry.  I have put that job off many times because of lack of time.  My parents live right next door to me, they originally lived in my house when they bought the farm in 1945.  They both were raised in the Northgate Mall area and both of their families said I don’t know why you are moving so far out into the country when they moved here.  Some of them have now migrated to the country.  My mom and dad started here in May of 1945, milking cows and farming 100 acres.  After a few years they invested in more property and continued to make wise decisions on purchasing property as they went along.  My children had built in babysitters which made it nice for me when I was busy with Dave and could not take them along unless it was a cab tractor. The rest of this week was totally devoted to putting in tile.  Our sons do not like it when the job stays the same but unless you stick to the job you never get it done. Thursday, Veterans Day we had one son off work and I had the boys at the house so that was great, Dave had help and I had the grandsons.

Friday-November 12

This morning I was up early for my drive to Columbus.  I arrived up there only to see the garage I was to park in was closed.  That meant I had to park in another garage and walk the skyway to the Farm Bureau Building.  I arrived 5 minutes before the discussions started.  After the judging was over I met Christa after her class at OSU and we did a little shopping and we headed to Frankfort, OH where Christa will live after she is married. Christa now has her license to sell crop insurance and will live in Ross County where she is hoping to start her own Crop Insurance Business.  I helped her last spring and she had a few clients, so I hope it grows each year for her.  We had some crop insurance work to get done with the acreage sign deadline date of Monday November 15… it is fast approaching.  Farmers usually wait until I call them to get the items I need. In order for me to put the acreage in the computer for our company we need the maps of the farm and also the Form FSA-578, each farmer has to make sure the acreage is correct so if he would have a claim the adjuster can get the accurate acreage on the total bushels of grain.   So we knew we had two farmers to finish up and get into the computer.  The farmers have to go to the Farm Service Agency to certify their crops and usually that is a ten minute job unless they have problems with the software at the office.  Right now the only crops they need to certify is the wheat they have planted.  They need the location of the field and the date they planted it.  That is put into the computer and sent to the Kansas City office.  They government then knows what crops are planted and have estimates to the acreage in each area.  Instead of driving home I stayed in Frankfort and visited with Bryan and Christa.  Saturday I was home at two in the afternoon and drove past the field they were tiling, both the boys were helping Dave.


The pictures show how the Lierer family is putting drainage tile in the fields. 3000 feet of tile on are each roll on the truck and stringer. They use the backhoe to start a new run of tile and to help dig out rocks the trencher cannot get through. The Lierer’s use a backhoe a lot on their farm. The trencher digs down 42-45 inches so the tile can lay in the bottom of the trench. It crawls slowly through the field as it digs the dirt out and augers it beside the ditch.







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