1st of the Month Goal

Several years ago, I participated in a meme called 1st of the month.  It was a lot of fun.  We recorded one thing the first of each month and shared.  I started with the cottonwood tree where the great horned owls nested.  The next year, I did my back yard.  Well, the meme is gone, but I want to start sharing the first of each month what’s going on up north on my farm.

Farm site

I’ve decided this is the year.  No more talking about doing things and not getting it done.  I know there won’t be much change in the next couple of months, but I’m hoping there will be lots of changes when the weather starts warming up again.

Shed

We need to do some cleaning where the old trailer was.

Trash

The cougar cages have got to go. Yes, I said cougar cages.

Cougar Cages

There’s an old well beneath the windmill that needs filled in.

Windmill

There are piles of brush that need burned.  I still haven’t heard back from my handyman on replacing doors on the shed, which isn’t very handy.  Those windows in the back are really just little raccoon doors.

Shed

Then there’s the tiling that needs done, so we can plant a big pumpkin patch.

field

I’m hoping to show lots of progress over the next year.  You see, the longer I work at my off-farm job the more bitter and resentful I become.  That’s not what I want, and it’s taking it’s toll on my health.  It’s time to make that leap of faith and go for the goal of having the farm be my only place of work.

Sharing with Alphabe-Thursday where the letter is G.  G is for goals.

Harvest is Done

When I came home from work yesterday, they were combining my corn field.

Grain Truck

It’s always impressive to see the equipment.

Harvest Timeline 147w

It’s pretty efficient at taking down the stalks, removing the corn from the cob and spitting everything else out he back side.

combine

Combining corn

Once the corn is down, you can see that my field is planted using contour farming.  The rows are not just a straight line.  Instead, they follow the natural curves of the hills to help prevent erosion.

Contour farming

Once the combine is full, they empty it into the grain cart.

Corn

Then they go back to combining, and the corn is transferred into a larger truck.

Corn transfer

When that truck is full, it takes the corn to the elevator where it will be sold.

Grain Truck

This year has been a difficult one for harvest.  We’ve had a lot of moisture and the corn hasn’t done a good job of drying in the fields.  That means the corn has to be dried until it is at only 14% moisture.

Zein

Another example of how blogging makes me smarter:  I have to figure out new words for Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday.  This week is the letter Z.  Z is for zein.  Zein is a protein found in corn that has many uses.  It is currently used as a coating for pharmaceuticals and candy and many other things. My corn is still standing in the fields waiting to be combined and sold.

Corn

Corn

There’s a lot of ears that look like this for some reason.

empty corn cob

It might have something to do with the wild critters helping themselves.

ear of field corn

The outside rows of corn always yield way lower than the interior rows thanks to the deer.

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