Crop Report

We only grow three products.  DinnerThat is all we grow.  Back in the day…not so very long ago we also raised pigs, goats, and cows.  As we aged the raising of the animals diminished. Every year Terry says this is his last year…we had a big laugh about that yesterday.   He finally admitted that the only way he is going to stop farming is if there isn’t anymore water or the Good Lord calls him home.

Corn-June

He says there is dirt in his veins instead of blood 🙂  Probably.  He’s been farming (helping his Dad) since he was tall enough.  He tells a story of the first time he got to go help his Dad…his Mom drove he and his little brother and smaller sister out to the field that his Dad was working in –his job was to harrow the field behind his Dad who was on another tractor.  He said he felt really big and grown-up —although he couldn’t sit on the tractor seat and could only stand.

Pintos

His Mom drove up…he got out…got on the tractor….Mom, brother and little sister stood by the side of the pick-up and watched him…he turned and waved, they waved back ..he then gave the tractor gas and drove off…..leaving the  harrow behind.

He was so embarrassed because he hadn’t even thought to check to see if everything was hooked up and ready to go.

They all had a good laugh at him…he backed up and his Mom helped him hook everything up and off he went.

Roses

Anyway, everything is looking good…the corn is almost as tall as MY kneecap, the pinto beans are growing taller every day and the hay is sold.  The Delta Elevator told him they wanted everything he had, don’t even unload and stack up…just bring it right down to them NOW!

Sold

This is the last load to take —  sure is nice to just move it once!

The heat is on here…early for this time of year BUT I’ll  take this any day over winter!  I love the long days, the warmth (heat) and the color that surrounds us.

Yard

I need to get outside and get the hedge clipped before the wind starts!

Purple-Sky-1

Have a nice day!

Linda

 

22 thoughts on “Crop Report

  1. God, do you have a gorgeous corner of this Earth to call home. I am happy that you live in that natural bounty. I have a question for you, Linda. Did you know, when you were growing up, that you’d end up on a farm, married to a farmer? Did you have farming in your family? I do…and I know it’s in my blood somewhere…I brushed up against it once coming along, and almost went that way…but fate had other plans. But looking down those rows does something to me. I love it.

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  2. Your hay looks great! Everything else looks good too. Love the pic of the irrigation ditch at sunset. Checking in after hearing the news about the fires this morning. Hope it’s nowhere near you. Wow!

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  3. Farming is obviously in Terry’s blood, which is why he is good at it. It’s great that all the hay has been sold. The corn looks good, as do the flowers and the hummingbird.

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  4. Wowie…what a cute story, and then the hay is beautiful, and I just love your little garden there. It gives me ideas….are those your roses? You are blessed if they are…wow…and I love the white picket fence too…perfect! Enjoy the day , the heat, the hay and all!!! Thank you! Merri

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  5. I absolutely love reading about your lives… Since I was never involved with farming, I find it very interesting to hear your stories… Terry is really a great farmer, isn’t he? AND–you are the best helper yourself…He couldn’t do it without you. You two make a wonderful team.

    Glad your hay has been sold –and that the weather cooperated. We don’t have the wicked winters like you do –so I’ll say that I like winter much better than summer. I despise the heat… Today, we are getting it here–but a front comes through tomorrow which will cool things down some.

    Love seeing your garden and flowers–and of course, your hummers.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  6. What a great little story. Its interesting how everyone started with dirt in their veins. Either farming or ranching. And that dirt runs deep and thick. 🙂 beautiful yard.

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  7. I have a question for you…it looks like there are ditches between every row in your fields. Is that for irrigation? I know almost nothing about that, since here in PA we don’t need to irrigate, but I’m guessing that’s what it’s for! And by the way…your flower bed is beautiful!

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  8. OH how parched your beautiful state is brings tears to my eyes and worry to my heart 100 homes gone and you dry needing to pipe in all you have my neighbor got a grant to erect a green house and he said he will only grow Strawberries maybe Terry would enjoy farming in NEW ENGLAND 🙂

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  9. Reading about Terry reminds me of that saying: “There’s just no quit in him.” Same can be said of you, too, of course Linda. No matter what you’re up against you just forge ahead.
    And seeing your post a few days ago of how you make irrigation siphon tubes with bending jigs and muscle power — just reminds me of watching people (including my own Dad) see a need for something and figuring out how to do it. I hope we never lose the irreplaceable resource of folks like you. Keep on keeping on!

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  10. I think every little farm kid has stories that they tell over and over.Great that the hay was sold and that other crops are doing well. So does that mean that you can put more water on the aother two crops or are you going to water the alfalfa to get a second crop. I saw alfalfa here the other day and it’s going to be a heavy crop.

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  11. Terry is so lucky he found what he loved at a young age. My husband was about 12 when he drove the threshing machine from farm to farm. He was also the official “wagon backer” as the older farmers where better at it with a team of horses than with a tractor. Therein started his love of operating equipment and he did grow up to be an operating engineer. As prep for his retirement he bought a small backhoe and a skidsteer – he’s happiest when he’s out pushing dirt around!

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  12. Congratulations on getting your hay sold. I’m not surprised.
    Your crops look great! The weeds are beating me this year. Hubby said we’d start small. Haha.
    The heat is beating me, too, but it always does.
    Stay safe! Seeing bad things on the news for weather and such.

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  13. This is such a lovely post Linda… the photos are absolutely beautiful… and even without water, your garden looks gorgeous!. So glad you’ve got eager buyers for your crop… A lovely story about Tarry and his farming.. your blog is a treasure..

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  14. Oh, I love your garden! The roses! And the story about hitchen up. Wonderful. The boss started in somewhat the same way, just grabbing a load of hay and taking it down to unload it when he was around nine or so. These farm boys….farm men…there is just no stopping them. Nice that you got your hay sold that way. I think it is going to be a scarce and valuable commodity this year, unless the weather improves a lot.

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