Planting on

The rain has been holding out for the most part for us. Jerry has gotten a ton of acres planted lately and has had very few issues with the machinery. All the winter maintenance work he does tries to insure that when he goes to the field he won’t have any breakdowns. 


He has been steadily finishing one field and moving onto the next. His mother and I help move the seed tender from field to field and bring him meals to make sure the planter keeps moving. Only 220 acres of corn remain to be planted as of April 26th and then onto the soybeans. There will be plenty of time for them when it warms up. 

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Plant 2017 First Day!

We got started planting April 18th and have 135 acres done so far. It has been raining every few days lately so as soon as it gets dry enough to plant or spray we’ll inevitably get just enough rain to put a stop to our operation. Jerry has been focusing mostly on spraying the pre-corn and beans so far as it’s still a little early to be planting. He has had numerous good days for spraying and has gotten almost 75% done with pre-application.

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This year he gave up custom work which has been a huge time saver. He used to go over 8,000 acres with his custom spraying business, Paisley Ag LLC. He had been operating that business since 2012 and even had a full time hired sprayer man for one year. After taking on more of his Dad’s land he decided he didn’t need to spray/didn’t want to and went back to just doing his own spraying. I’m grateful he is able to do that because it is much less stressful on him and he has more time at home and to just focus on farming his own ground.

 

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We’re keeping a calendar of what he has done each day and on which fields as well as the wind speed and temp. Jerry also has a brand new marker board hung in the shop with his to do lists. (He is so proud of that board, it is hilarious) Just a few of the steps we are taking to be more organized and be more efficient in 2017.IMG_5980

New season, new life.

Calving season finally came to an end after the past few months. We had the last calf of the 2017 spring calving season on Friday. In all we had 23 babies since January, and will have another round of 40 fall calves starting in September. 

The last spring calf of 2017


New life is such a beautiful thing. Every morning Jerry gets up and checks his herd. He salves for his cattle all year; building fences, feeding hay & mineral & moving them to pastures, corn stalks and back again. 

We also bought a new bull in March. He got turned out with the heifers on cornstalks April 2nd to make some babies. We’ll be busy with the future round of calves next January 11th. Sometime between now and May 10th we’ll vaccinate all the calves and turn them out onto grass for summer grazing. 

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Jerry picking out our new bull