First of May

Happy May Day!  Blessed Beltane!  It’s the first of May.  That means, a progress report on what’s going on up north.  I actually have progress to report this month.


They came and tiled the corner where I want to plant pumpkins.

tiling field

They had to remove the fallen tree to do that.  My nephew also removed a couple of other old tree stumps.  It’s a lot easier now to see what a big space it really is.  I can plant around the corner to the middle tree in the background.


While they were tiling, they looked at my crop maps.  Productivity was not very good in this area of my corn/bean field, so they also ran a line of tile up into the field.  It should help my yields there too.

tiling crop land_7894w

Hopefully, by the first of next month, we’ll get this area disked and planted with pumpkins.

Sharing with Skywatch Friday and SOOC Sunday (all photos).

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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.

Previous Older Entries Next Newer Entries

Blog Stats

  • 597,165 hits

For the Love of Blogging, Turn it Off

Copyright Notice

Entire Contents © Copyright 2010 - 2015 Eden Hills. Text and photographs may not be published, broadcast, redistributed, re-blogged or aggregated without express permission. Feel free to contact me to purchase a print or discuss a licensing agreement. Thank you.
Get your own free Blogoversary button!


The information on this web site is supplied for general reference and educational purposes only. This information does not represent the management practices or thinking of other goat breeders or the veterinary community. I am not a veterinarian, and the information on this site is not intended to replace professional veterinary advice. This information is not intended to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your veterinarian. I disclaim all liability in connection with the use of this information.