We only grow three products. That 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I need to get outside and get the hedge clipped before the wind starts!
Have a nice day!
Finally we made it….done! Finished! The 2011 year of crops are harvested and sold. Even, what hay we save out to be sold is sold!
Now different work starts…repairs to the machines, fences and buildings. Always the fences need checked, but we have finally finished. This year was good. Nothing like last year that seemed to go on and on and on. The last of the corn wasn’t harvest until in December, then we couldn’t sell it until the end of March.
Terry was thinking of getting out of farming…but guess what?! He said he thinks he will go another year. (Then there will be another year…when you have dirt for blood I don’t think you ever really want to give in and stop.)
Have a nice Sunday everyone!
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.