The Land Calls—Monday, February 29, 2016

Oh! Jolly!  This the LAST DAY OF FEBRUARY!  YIPPEE!!

Combine-ready-to-goTerry and I have been working on the corn combine…little repairs here and there.  Yes, I help, invariably we come into the house with cuts and bruises, but it’s getting finished.  Ready for next years harvest.  As I write this he is putting in the last couple of bolts.

Truck

Saturday afternoon he started on repairing the heater in the grain truck. It’s very cold sitting down at the elevator withOUT a heater.

farming-starts.jpgWell, I think you have now guessed the answer to the million dollar question—Terry is going to farm.

“Are you sure?” I asked.  Worry in my voice and concern on my face.

“I’m sure. There are still things I want to do on the place, stuff I want to improve on, things that need my attention.” he replied with a huge smile.

morman-creasing-the-corn.jpg

“Only stuff I will do, not someone else.”

Planting-alfalfaI need to tear up the old alfalfa field and reseed a new field, take the dirt ditch and turn it into a cement ditch….fix fences so Hank’s cows can come again—if it’s rented out Hank has to take his cows someplace else.

Hubby

“I really can’t see myself sitting around.”

“But you won’t sit around, you have tons of projects you want to work on, not related to farming.”

kick-the-dirt

” I know.  I truly think I have dirt for blood.”

Sunset and combine 1So there you have it!  We begin again.  At least for one more year.  As long the body and mind can keep going.  We will keep farming on this farm created many years ago by Terry’s grandfather (purchased by us), until time demands stopping.

Changing-Water-at-Sunset-2Your friend  on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

 

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53 thoughts on “The Land Calls—Monday, February 29, 2016

  1. Good – I knew this would be the result.
    The boy and the farm – it is in the blood.
    Just plant what is the easiest to harvest and the least
    dependent on the vagaries of the weather.
    Cheers
    Colin

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  2. Oh linda, this is the dilemma facing so many ageing farmers, including us. Sometimes the farmer talks of selling up and buying a bungalow in the town. I am sure he would be bored stiff – he says he would spend all day walking with the dog. At present he seems to be settled – I hope it continues.

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  3. I had to stop by here to thank you for following and see what you were about. Farmers are a unique breed of human as you well know. I don’t think they ever decide to stop farming. it’s hard when there is not another generation to follow behind. Too many have left farms because it’s hard to make a living at even though it’s a great way to make a life. I don’t have the physical fortitude to do it nor the intelligence. I know farmers are more intelligent than most people ever imagine. At least those I’ve met. If you write everyday, I probably won’t be able to read everyday but I’ll stop by as often as possible. I see Kate stops by here as well. She is a special soul too. So kind and helpful.

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  4. My son in laws father decided to retire after farming all his life. He sold the citrus groves to. His son, sold all the cattle and sold the land he run cattle on. After less then a year he brought a new ranch, started buying a few cattle then more cattle and a horse to work them with, then he needed a tractor and fence tools and he is back bigger then he was before. I think most farmers have it in there blood and most die doing some farming.

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  5. When the time comes I hope you can find someone who has your same caring for the farm and can carry on as close as possible the way you have. Put that change off as long as you can. For a farmer retirement only means slowing down. Never just walking away to another life somewhere else. The lucky ones have family that eases into the operation. Not for everyone though??? “Good Luck”

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  6. I guess we both knew that you’d be at it again. We can just agree that these men will try and make things a little easier as they continue in what they do and it’s a good year for all of us….meaning an easy year. I guess they (and us) will stay SO much younger for doing what we do best.

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