What's Happening on the Farm
We are getting into harvest time, when the weather cooperates. It's been a tough weather year. After a month of drought over the summer, we finally got rain, at the last minute, just in time for the corn crop to be saved. We spent all of July waiting for the rain, fearing it wouldn't come in time. We were relieved when it finally did. We will not have a bumper crop, but we are hoping most of it will bring a decent yield.
Now that it is fall and we should be harvesting, but the rain isn't letting up enough. We have had a couple of good days to harvest the soybeans but the beans, need good dry weather in order to be combined. We need more of those at this point.
Swimming, birdwatching, beach, gardening, blueberry picking, picnics, biking....... We love summer and the beautiful weather!!!
We are enjoying every minute of the sunshine, but praying for rain. The corn needs a lot of water to grow healthy and strong at its optimum rate. Farming is an incredible amount of work, but we also depend on the cooperation of Mother Nature and the weather. Without the right conditions, the amount of work we put in doesn't matter - it still won't bring the results we need. There is a delicate balance of sunshine, rain, and heat - here's hoping we get plenty of sunshine to play in and enough rain to keep the corn growing fast.
The kids were out working in the garden and found the little green corn shoots - that's always an exciting sight! The men are busy working long and late hours in order to take advantage of this beautiful weather and get the seeds in the ground. (I'll try to post pictures soon.) They are about half done. They started moving equipment to Black River today to work on those fields this week. The concrete foundation for the new grain bin has been put in, and they will return to build the bin sometime in the next few weeks. The extra storage will be very helpful.
At home, our strawberries are looking beautiful and should be a bumper crop as long as we can keep the chipmunks out. We are starting to get the vegetable seeds in the ground. I'm trying a few new things this year including rutabaga. I always like to try something different to keep things interesting. We are going to the greenhouse to buy plants tomorrow. I love this time of year!!!
I saw two male hummingbirds at the feeder today and the female came later in the afternoon. We have seen many of our bird friends but as always I'm having trouble keeping the squirrels out of their feeders! We have had hundreds (at least it seems that way) of red admiral butterflies. I've enjoyed watching them fluttering around the yard. We don't typically have that kind, but I heard they got re-routed on their migration by weather and they seem to be sticking around. The first monarchs showed up a couple of days ago, only a day or two after the milkweed came up - they have good timing!! The fawns should be arriving soon too.