Friday, July 2, 2010

Farmer Fridays - Wheat Harvest

It's been a busy week at our family farm and its time again for another Farmer Fridays.

Wheat harvest normally coincides with the 4th of July so my husband never knows if he can travel with us to my mom's house for the 4th of July holiday. Last Saturday, we were able to start and complete wheat harvest in one day. (We don't grow a lot of wheat in a year on our family farm. We primarily grow wheat to help with one of our recycling programs on our farm, but more on that later in another post.  Additionally, we didn't bale any straw this year. ) My husband and son were in heaven.  So the prospect of my husband joining us for the 4th of July looked good.

However, more rain arrived on Sunday and put a hold on my husband's soybean spraying activities for a few more days. Needless to say when I got ready to leave yesterday for my mom's house, my husband was heading to the fields to spray our soybeans.
I'm so excited that the fields are finally dry enough to spray as we are dramatically behind schedule this year due to the wet weather. Thus, you will not hear me complaining about my husband not joining us for the 4th of July weekend. On a positive note, we are planning a family cookout and fireworks with his family on the 5th.

Needless to say it is just another day in the life of a farmer when the farm comes first and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Happy 4th of July and I hope you enjoy my wheat harvest pictures.
Wheat in the field

The combine cutting the wheat.  This is the same combine head we use to cut soybeans.

A partially cut wheat field

Side profile of the combine cutting wheat

The combine unloading wheat into the semi to take to the elevator to sell.

A view after the wheat has been cut.  The layer is straw and could be baled to make straw bales.

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  1. Your blog title caught my attention...that is tooo cute. I grew up in a small town so I am so with you. I am your newest follower :)

  2. Stopping by from New Friend Friday ... always love reading blogs about life on a farm.

    Happy 4th of July!

  3. I didn't realize you harvested wheat so early - we don't have wheat fields in Iowa.

    So what will you do with the field for the rest of the summer? let it grow and bale it?

    I feel for you and your husband free 4th. We are going to a wedding in Chicago in August and Bart can't go with. It makes me sad, but I know it's part of the life we chose, and there's no going back now!

  4. We both must have had wheat on the brain this week as we both blogged about it. I would rather bale straw than hay anyday, as they are lighted and less chance of snakes. Hope you have a great 4th!!!!

  5. Stopping by from New Friend Friday.. Can I just say I love your blog name...
    I am your newest follower.. Hope you stop by my blog soon..

  6. Hello! I found you on the social Parade. I really like your blog! I look forward to reading more! I hope you will stop by my blog sometime! Have a great weekend! ~Heather @loveandcents

  7. OMG You are my hero! It is my dream to have a farm one day. :)

    Thank you for visiting! I am following back! ^_^

  8. Living on a farm isn't always fun, but it is the best place to live and raise a family in my opinion.

    The wheat that we harvested was planted last fall after we harvested the crop and grew during the winter making it ready for harvest now.

  9. Not much wheat around us anymore either! Miss seeing the combines out in June! Guess I'll have to wait a while this year to see them in the fields.

  10. We have been reading a book about farms and combines and's cool to see it in action.

    Unrelated to that, we have a friend who owns a sprayer business (from Indiana too!). I had never heard of a sprayer before, let alone did I realize one could make a living selling them. Just one more thing to love about the USA! And dang! those sprayers are HUGE!

  11. Visiting from Social Parade.

    What a neat set of pictures! I enjoyed getting to look in on farm life a bit. :-)

  12. Great pics, Heather!! Hope you enjoyed your weekend! :)

  13. Just gave a tour of our wheat lab on campus today for some kids...made me think of your post!! Gotta love that here in the midwest we don't grow wheat for bread or pasta (not that they are not good, too), but we grow CAKE & COOKIE wheat!! lol!! :)

  14. I admire farmers...that is a lot of work. I am fascinated by farms too...maybe because I grew up in L.A. - not a lot of farms there. Thanks for linking up!

  15. Found you thru somebody else! Glad your wheat harvest was good. Our harvest took a little longer, but it's our primary crop. Our soybeans and milo look really good this year. Weirdest weather we've ever had...very wet for a July.


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