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See the Grain Cart Work

25 Jul

It’s barley harvest time! During grain harvest, we have a lot of engines running. The combine does the harvesting job, the grain cart does the transporting job, and the trucks do the hauling job.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

In the past I’ve helped by running grain cart. If anyone had told me ten years ago that I’d learn how to run large farm equipment with confidence and success, I’d have laughed. But, that was a lesson in never saying never.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

The past couple years, motherhood has taken top priority so I haven’t been in the field other than to run out lunch and be a passenger in the combine. As my mentor, Melinda, says, I also help by keeping things running at home. My farmer needs and appreciates those clean clothes, a peaceful home, and good meals.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

We have good help during barley harvest. Our fantastic, hard-working employees Chris and Ken keep the trucks headed to the bin and the grain cart running. Tyler’s brother Cooper also works for us on the weekends when he’s not mechanicing for a local John Deere dealership.

In the past, Tyler’s long-time friend, Scott, also kept the grain cart going. I get questions from some of my friends about what the purpose of the grain cart is, so here Scott demonstrates.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

After the combine fills the grain cart with, well, grain; the operator heads to the end of the field where the truck is waiting.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

This is one of the only times when 10 mph feels fast.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

As the cart operator approaches the truck, he raises his auger.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

Wait for it.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

There it is.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

He pulls back his RPMs and turns on the auger.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

Then he opens up the auger’s gate, revs up the RPMs, and starts to fill.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

The spout is adjustable so the cart driver can better position the grain as he fills.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

He starts at the front of the truck (closer to the cab) and moves toward the back as the box gets full.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

Once the truck is full, he closes his gate, shuts the auger off, and pulls away. He makes certain to be clear of the truck and then puts his auger back down.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

Then the truck driver takes the load to our bins.

Malt Barley Harvest 2014 | The Farm Paparazzi

At the bins, the driver dumps the grain from the truck into the auger, which fills the grain bins.

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

And the cart heads back to the combine…

See the Grain Cart Work | The Farm Paparazzi

…where he waits to get filled up and do it all over again.

God Bless You & American Agriculture,

Liz

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. – Philippians 1:9

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The Bird is the Word

12 Aug

During barley harvest this year, I had a couple of unique photo opportunities of birds of the very large variety. I don’t know what it is about birds, but the women in my family have always loved them. I remember my Grandma Marcie’s big, color, hardback bird book on a shelf in her living room. My mom always had a bird feeder and was naming different species as we’d see them land on a fence wire. And for my birthday this year, I asked for a book on birds found in Wyoming.

So, while I don’t know much about these winged things, I love watching them and capturing them. Maybe my friend Brittany over at Chasing Birds can offer some insights.

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Turkey vulture. He’s not ugly…he’s unique…okay, he’s ugly. But, you try eating road kill for a living.

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I heard that! I’m outta here.

Sandhill Crane double dinner date.

Sandhill Crane double dinner date.

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I do say, old chap, the barley is absolutely divine this time of year.

If you’re an aspiring bird nerd, here are a couple links for more info:

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Turkey_Vulture/id

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Sandhill_Crane/id

God Bless You & American Agriculture,

Liz

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Matthew 6:25 (NLT)

Whistle While You Till

20 Mar
Drilling 2015 | The Farm Paparazzi

Drilling malt barley seed

Happy First Day of Spring! It’s been beautiful here in Wheatland. Our trademark Rapid Air Movement (RAM, a.k.a. wind) has been kind to us, the temperatures have been favorable and we haven’t yet gotten dumped on by a major blizzard. I’m sure this also makes the ranchers happy as they calve this time of year.

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Filling the grain drill with malt barley seed

We’ve been in full swing getting malt barley planted. It’s one of my favorite crops to watch grow and to harvest. Nothing like seeing beautiful fields of green and, later on, golden waves of grain!

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Malt barley growing in June 2014

 

Malt Barley Harvest 2014 | The Farm Paparazzi

Malt barley harvest 2014. Combine harvests the grain (left) and the grain cart takes the grain to load on the trucks (right).

In order to prepare the seed bed for the malt barley, we’ve been busy tilling; discing, plowing and roller-harrowing. I’ve been able to help quite a bit in running all three implements. I also helped drill some of the barley. When I was a little girl, I didn’t imagine I’d be married to a farmer and running huge tractors in the fields!

Tillage 2015 | The Farm Paparazzi

Discing a field. The disc breaks up the top layer of soil and works organic material from last years’ crop into the soil.

 

Tillage 2015 | The Farm Paparazzi

Plowing. In certain circumstances (variables depend on soil type, the crop grown the year before, etc.) it is necessary to perform “heavy” tillage.

 

Tillage 2015 | The Farm Paparazzi

Roller harrowing. We call it a roller harrow, but many folks call it a mulcher. This breaks up the soil clods and creates a smooth, consistent seed bed for good seed to soil contact.

Agriculture is being celebrated across the country this week during National Agriculture Week. I see no better way to do that than to be farming!

Tillage 2015 | The Farm Paparazzi

Discing a field where we had harvested pinto beans last year. Discing prepared the seed bed for drilling malt barley. You could really see how it lightly tilled up the soil and distributed the bean residue.

 

Tillage 2015 | The Farm Paparazzi

Can’t you just smell the soil? A beautiful day for plowing!

Why should you care about agriculture? It permeates every part of your daily life! From the food you eat, to the clothes and cosmetics you wear, to the medicines you take and more! Learn more at www.agday.orgwww.fooddialogues.com and www.factsaboutbeef.com.

 

I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to and what your spring plans are!

God Bless You & American Agriculture,

Liz

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. – Isaiah 40:11 (NIV)

Crop Progress Aug. 2014

12 Aug

We’ve only got 25 acres left in malt barley harvest. It’s always gratifying to have most of the crop out of the field.Crop Progress Aug. 2014 | The Farm Paparazzi

Crop Progress Aug. 2014 | The Farm PaparazziThe beans are blooming and vining. If Mother Nature treats them well, they’ll be pinto beans on your plate this winter.

Crop Progress Aug. 2014 | The Farm Paparazzi

Crop Progress Aug. 2014 | The Farm Paparazzi

The corn is all tasseled and the silks are being pollinated. Did you know that each strand of silk equals one corn kernel? Learn more about this on Dairy Carrie’s blog.

Crop Progress Aug. 2014 | The Farm PaparazziThe boys are still running around like crazy keeping water running. We live in an arid part of the country, so in order to get row crops to grow, we have to use irrigation. Other parts of the state and country rely on precipitation to grow their crops. This is called “dryland”. The Wheatland Irrigation District is actually one of the largest, privately-owned irrigation districts in the world!

Crop Progress Aug. 2014 | The Farm PaparazziWe’ve had some wet weather recently. What a change this year was from last year. In 2013 we didn’t have enough water for our crops. This year, we have more than enough. In fact, a 4-inch gulley-washer caused the irrigation district to temporarily turn off most of the water a couple weeks ago.

Crop Progress Aug. 2014 | The Farm PaparazziThat’s the life of a farmer; always dependent on the weather.

Crop Progress Aug. 2014 | The Farm PaparazziBut, boy, it’s a great life!

God Bless You & American Agriculture,

Liz

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

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