Category: Crops

Summer Break is over

For the first time since late May, my wife and kids were up and ready to go before I made it back home from the morning milking. Yes, today is first day of the new school year.  Summer break is over, and, coincidentally (or not), so is my hiatus f…

When It Rains, It Pours!

We finished planting our corn on Saturday, May 25th around 2:00 a.m.  Later that day the rain set in and it rained over seven inches last week on our farm.  And on top of that, the temperature dropped to the … Continue reading

Spring Scenes at the Dairy

Spring is an eventful time on our dairy farm. We’re always happy to welcome to the warm weather and longer days spring delivers. Here are some scenes from our farm this month.  My oldest son, Garrett, is excited about his first year in the Geauga …

Spring Scenes at the Dairy

Spring is an eventful time on our dairy farm. We’re always happy to welcome to the warm weather and longer days spring delivers. Here are some scenes from our farm this month.  My oldest son, Garrett, is excited about his first year in the Geauga …

Fall planting season has finally arrived

no-till planting wheat into sorghum regrowthWe began planting wheat for our spring silage crop on Monday. All in all, we expect to no-till drill the seed into 90-100 acres. Half of that ground is cropland on which we grew our sorghum crop this summer. …

Chopping & Baling

Heavy rain earlier this week forced us to shut down our harvesting for a couple of days, but we’re back in business on two fronts: sudex and bermudagrass.We started harvesting the sudex (sorghum-sudangrass) on Monday morning, hitting the field just an …

How Do I Find Natural Food?

What is “natural” to you? If you ask ten of your friends what is natural, would all have the same perspective and answers? “Natural” is represented to be unspoiled, unconfined, unaltered,and yet that may or may not be the entire truth. For example, our chickens eat just layer pellets and occasional scraps, sometimes some grain […]

Rain makes the crops grow

Timely and adequate rainfall over the past few weeks really helped our silage crops, hay fields, and pastures, even while much of the country is still suffering through one of the worst droughts in many years. After a slow start, the corn and fora…

Happy Dairy Month!

It’s June, which is of course celebrated as Dairy Month all across this great land of ours!  I hope each of you will celebrate daily with at least three servings of delicious, nutritious milk, cheese, or yogurt. Heck, throw some ice cream in there…

No Bugs for Dinner Please!

Today, I read an AWESOME article by Holly Spangler over at Prairie Farmer. It had several anecdotal stories about the disconnect between HOW our food is produced and HOW we expect it to look and taste. After reading it I though about … Continue reading