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Sun and Rain
June 6, 2019, 12:02 pm
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RFDplow11

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 even  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.



A Little Rain, Please
July 5, 2016, 3:00 pm
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sheepcow

July 5, 2016

The sheep and cows are grazing a field where the hay has been cut already. The regrowth is good, but a little rain would sure help. It seems us farmers are always fretting about the weather. It’s too wet or too dry, too hot or too cold, I guess we just need to enjoy the day no matter what and just relax. God knows what he is doing, we just have to be patient.

The sheep and cows make good use of the grass. They each eat different kinds, making the best use of the forage. They consume a lot of feeds between the two species. The pastures are holding up for now, so I will watch and wait. The nice thing is that I have these animals to watch as I wait.

Hot muggy weather is upon us this week. We may get a little rain from all the moisture in the air. The humid air makes the biting flies go crazy. The biting flies make the horses go crazy. No big deal for me, folks have said I’ve been crazy for years!



Enough Already!
April 16, 2014, 10:34 am
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April 16 snow and cold

April 16 snow and cold

April 16, 2014

Okay, I like winter, perhaps even more than most people, but even I have had enough. It started snowing last October…I think 6 months of winter is enough. I am ready for spring and all that comes with it. The peepers have been singing. I am sure they have been “frozen out” twice already, so according to local folklore, one more freeze for the peepers and it will be spring! I am soooo ready!

Lambs are starting to hit the ground, but mother nature is being pretty rough on those little fellows too. They just need a day or two to get their footing and then they are very hardy. Being born on a rainy, sleeting night, is hard on any creature. I don’t know if it is the full moon signaling the mothers to drop their babies or simply that it is time, but the babies are coming, ready or not.

The weather is supposed to turn more towards normal in the weeks ahead. I am sure that before I know it…I will be complaining that it is too hot! I am just hoping for a return to normal in the weather department. A drought year followed by a very wet year, then a long cold winter…is sure stretching farmers to the limit… at least this one 😮

The good thing about the crazy weather is, that it gives us country guys plenty to talk about at the barbershop and feed mill!



Stupid Groundhog!
March 18, 2013, 11:38 am
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March 18, 2013

I am not sure who decided which groundhog to watch, but I’m thinking the one they decided upon was mixed up! Our maple season has been much later than most years. Today, freezing rain is falling on four inches of sloppy snow. Tomorrow’s forecast says much colder and snow… Hey, it has been six weeks you stupid groundhog!

Chores take longer on a day like today. I have to shuffle my feet like an old codger…maybe I am an old codger 😮 Anyway, I have to be careful… I don’t want to fall and break my hip!

Today , I mourn the loss of our pastor. She was a wondeful woman and a true child of God. She married my boys, mentored to all of us and kept us in God’s fold. I will miss her dearly. I am sure our lives were blessed to just know her. Pastor Meredith Coleman may you rest in peace in the loving arms of God.

The sap ran yesterday and is starting to drip today. We will collect everything before the next cold snap sets in. The day is a bit nasty, but the job must be done. I guess that is the way sugaring is… just like hay..You have to make it when the sun shines! Stupid Groundhog!