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Snow, snow and more snow!

February 16th, 2021

The average amount of snowfall we receive in February is 2.2″.  We’ve definitely surpassed that!

This snow is dry and doesn’t contain a huge amount of moisture but because it has blanketed every square inch of the fields what moisture and nutrients it does contain will help the fields when it melts.  The blanket of snow also protects the plants from the cold temperatures.

We feed the Canada geese whole corn every year.  It depends upon the weather how much and for how long.  It’s fun to have them right out our picture window not more than 50 yards from our fence.

2020.2.15 snow

geese by the pivot

Of course, you can’t have snow without snow fights!  Look at that devilish grin Jasper has as he heads toward Granny to hit her with a chunk of snow!  The piles of snow from clearing the farm also make great mountains to climb!

Snow fight

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14th, 2021

A-tractored to you

 

 

Filling the pivot tracks with gravel

February 4th, 2021

Today we filled some of the pivot tracks.

As a pivot moves around the field the wheels wear tracks in the field.  Over time the pivot track deepens.  Not only does this put stress on the pivot frame and motor but it makes it more difficult to cut and bale the field.

Before the tracks become too deep we fill them with gravel.  We have a piece of equipment specifically made for this purpose which is made by Oteco.

Our upcoming 3rd generation farmers, Jasper, Hunter and Noah, rode with their Dads and Grandpa helping accomplish this task.

Below Grandpa is teaching Jasper how to run a pivot.  The pivot needed moved before the gravel could be spread in the track.

Jasper learning to run pivots

Hunter was in the tractor with his Dad loading gravel into the Oteco so it could be spread in the tracks.

Hunter and Matthew loading gravel into the Oteco

Loading the Oteco

Noah was in the tractor with his Dad getting the Oteco loaded then helping spread the gravel in the tracks.

Noah and Micah with the Oteco

Laying gravel in the pivot tracks