Sunday, October 30, 2011

Look what blew in from the Land of OZ.

Of course just like in the movie, Daniel kept loosing part of his straw over THERE, and a piece over THERE, oh it was horrible!.

We did our trick or treat early this year. A church over in Clovis had a "Trunk or Treat" on Saturday night. They had a soup supper, and a few activities for the kids, then they got to go around the parking lot and get candy. Boy did they get the candy! Mikali's little Dorthy basket was completely full when we put Daniel's with it. It worked out so much better than staying out late on Monday and having to get up early to get Mikali off to school.

We had SNOW on Thursday. I actually got a taste of the white stuff Wednesday morning in Colorado up there trucking. I guess it followed me home. About 2-3 inches of heavy sloppy snow. We showed .60-.75" of much needed moisture. It ought to really help the wheat out. We need that about every week for 3 months to build up some subsoil moisture.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I love being right, but not about this.


Couple blog posts back I mentioned something about another 1930s drought. We had a little preview the other day, my mom took some pictures as a "duster" came through. It is only going to get worse as the winter and spring winds come in.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Still working at it





I have not abandoned the corral project. But between wheat sowing, and harvests, and the hot weather earlier, the progress has been pretty slow. Besides the fact it looks like we are not going to have any cattle on wheat this winter. So I'm not terribly motivated to finish it.

We did get some showers last week that are going to help with the wheat coming up. Most of the wheat is up and looking good. The last couple fields I planted the moisture was marginal, and the rain did help.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sowing and harvesting


About 3 weeks ago we got a good rain and I decided to go ahead and plant wheat. I don't know how it is going to do because it is only wet on the top foot or so, and dry all the rest of the way to China. Anyway, since we did not have any summer crop everything got sowed to wheat. I was a crazy wheat sowing monkey for about a week straight.

Then I immediately started in helping my neighbor with corn harvest. So these have been my rides every day for a week:
Pretty nice trucks...... The only complaint is they are Kenworths, and apparently they have an ape on the engineering staff. For a good 20 years they have designed them where all your important switches are a good 12" out of reach! Very annoying.
I can't believe with all the emphasis on ergonomics they are still designing them that way. Anyway rant over. Nice trucks, like I said. As much of a slave driver as Pat is, good thing I have a team driver to take over when I get tired.

By the way he had a birthday the other day.

Everything is fueled up, greased up, and warmed up, ready to go!
Shelling that corn. Yields are really disappointing. Too hot and windy all summer.



Giving Brandon a job now. Thank goodness corn is not as itchy as milo.


Here I am waiting on two other trucks, the only time so far this season. It is like a ghost town at the elevator due to the short crop.

Usually it is a circus and you may spend an hour at the elevator unloading. Not this time. Just pull right in and dump that gold.
Has to go down before it can go up?

Ahh, the best part of the day. Here comes the chuck wagon!