The crops are starting to come along.  Everything is really slow because of the cold weather.  But finally the corn is poking through the ground in the middle field, and the east field’s seed is starting to soften and sprout.  If the weather would warm up and stay warm (corn likes warm weather) the fields will green up nicely.

Terry is watering the bean ground, last set, and then it will dry for awhile before he plants.  Here again we could use some warmer weather to dry out the subbed soil enough for planting.

I did get my garden planted this weekend, the garden rows share the same field as the pinto beans, I cut back some, instead of ½ of an acre I shrunk.  It’s just too hard to keep everything going at my age and still work at a paying job!!!  🙂

The alfalfa is enjoying the cooler weather though.  It won’t be long now before the first cutting, probably in about three weeks.

One thing about being out in the fields the views are amazing.  On one side is the San Juan Mountains, the other view shows you the West Elk peaks, and in the north is Grand Mesa, the largest flat-top mountain in the world.  But what butts up to our mesa is the Uncompahgre plateau.

Actually the Uncompahgre is more than a plateau it is a mountain range full of cliffs, canyons and mesas 90 miles long.  When the sun is just right you can see this amazing geology so full of mystery and wonder.

Anyway, the wind has some good use, besides bringing the sap up in the trees and bushes.  🙂

As long as there is snow up there we will have wind.


Our Part of the Country

This past week has been busy.  A farming neighbor, two farms away had a farm sale;

They are moving to Las Vegas, Nevada.  


The last of the hay was baled and stacked


We went to an antique tractor auction


We took Evan and his son (our oldest grandchild) on a train ride


In between all of this the house and yard work continued, irrigation and cultivating went on, and the SUN came out plus the wind went away.


Ahhh, life is good!

Step Two of Our Western Colorado Farming

If you are opening up corn ground or tearing up an old hay field, all the farmers in our area plow. 

I know that plowing is a dying process back east, but we have heavy clay soil and must plow.


So after disking we Terry plows


BUT if a farmer is going from a former bean field he can rip the field open because of how the beans grow causing a much loamier field.




Terry plowed all the old corn fields, and today he is ripping the old bean field.   

I’m really glad he has retired, before all of this would have taken place after 7 at night and before 6 in the morning.  Now, while I am at work, he is at work “playing” in his fields.




Pinto Beans (Red Beans)

The beans are starting to get ripe.

When ripe comes to pinto beans the leaves of the beans start to turn yellow and the pods have purple strips. Once that happens it is time to pull the beans for harvest.

 Terry will pull beans sometime this week, after which they will lay in the field until all the leaves have fallen off the stems and the stems are dry.  Then he will bring in the combine.


I will keep you posted.  The Harvest Season has begun!