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Sun and Rain
June 6, 2019, 12:02 pm
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June 6, 2019

The rains held off just long enough for me to finish plowing this sweet corn and pumpkin patch. I even got this whole area planted before the skies opened up yet again. Some farmers are not as lucky as I have been. Sure, we were delayed, but we are now finished and the corn is up!

I did 80% of this work with my horses. I am blessed, not bragging. I kept at it when the weather allowed. The use of horses gives me a few days that tractor guys can’t evenĀ  move. It makes up for my lack of speed and need to rest the horses. I have completed my planting, until later in the year when we plant the spelt crop.

We now move on to the job of making dry hay. The sun will come out. I just need to be patient. I am considering making some baleage and having those bales wrapped in airtight plastic. That makes very good cow feed and can be done in wet weather. I just need to stay focused.

The sun and rain means much to all of us, but farmers are at the mercy of the weather. We must just have faith and wait upon the Lord….there are times when our human nature makes waiting almost impossible. My heart goes out to many of our area farmers who are way behind. Unplanted acres are everywhere this year. Farm incomes already stretched, will take another hit. Keep our farmers in prayer. Help them find a way to … “Slow down, get smaller, mix it up and care”. That is my recipe for success…But I admit, it is not for everybody.



I’m in a Rut!
June 1, 2014, 12:53 pm
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A nasty problem almost solved

A nasty problem almost solved


June 1, 2014

Here is a mess that I made. I am ashamed of this too. Last year we used the tractor on this road through the woods, when gathering sap. This year, because of the bad condition of the road, we were forced to use the tractor again. The sled bottomed out. The footing was terrible for the horses, rendering the road unusable, for anything but the tractor.

I have sorted out how to repair the road. We will drain the water and give it a place to go. A small dozer will then smooth the ruts back out. Lastly, I will banish the tractor from the woodlot unless conditions can support using it. Horses make very little impact on the land and forest, this is not the case for tractors.

The whole problem started due to having knee surgery. I figured, “what can one season of tractor use hurt?” Well, now I know. The wet year made it impossible to fix the road last year, so the problem was made even worse by continued use. I will be very glad to have this mess repaired and the problem behind me.

I am working extra shifts at work due to a vacancy. The extra shifts along with a wet spring are making me tense. I am just now, in the last two days, getting into the fields. Like all area farmers, I am in a race to get crops planted. The haymaking season is upon us too. I struggled with my feelings yesterday. I drove to work, while my mind and soul continued to work on the farm…. I felt as if I was in a rut.

It will all work out. I am giving up a little sleep, pushing myself a little harder. The planting season is short, so once I get it done, the celebration will help me soar above today’s ” down in the dumps” feelings. I will say, my hours working on the farm, help me to cope with the extra shifts and frustrations that come along with it.