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May Farm Update


The wheat is beautiful this time of year, especially in the breeze!  It is beginning to loose its green color in it’s heads, the stalks are still very green however.  We expect to be thrashing in about a month.


The above picture is bearded wheat, its what most people think of when they think of wheat.  Below is non-bearded wheat, I think the bearded is the prettiest!


Below is a picture of a water furrow in the wheat.


I know as a farmers wife I am not supposed to like thistles.  Don and I have this talk all the time!  I just can’t help to think of how beautiful they are this time of year,  not in the field or the yard…of course!!!


The corn is really growing in all this wet weather, most of it is 1 foot tall or taller.





We are in the process of planting the beans, in between rains, that is! 


Planter tracks.


As far as the house building goes…we have the foundation and plumming completed!!!!  It has been delayed due to weather as well, but we are not complaining.  As long as it is finished before the baby gets here, I am a happy woman! 




April Update

The wheat is looking beautiful!  It has got it’s deep green color and is beginning to joint.  (The joint is where the head of the wheat will form)  It didn’t take many long warm days for it to really take off growing.


The corn is all up to a good stand and we are in the process of wrapping up fertilizing it.  Its beginning to look more like the corn belt  here in the boot-heel.  Everywhere you look there is another corn field.  It will be beautiful this summer!


We have had a very wet spring so far.  We are still planning on planting rice, but only if we can get it in sometime next week.  We don’t want to loose our window for good yields.  Today Don is spraying and fertilizing because the ground that needs working, is still too wet.  They are calling for rain tonight and tomorrow, however, things are drying up pretty fast now that we have longer warmer days.


Old Man River never ceases to amaze!  One year its banks are so full levees have to be blown up to relieve pressure, one year it is nearly dry and they have stopped barge traffic, this year, well I guess, is more normal.  The river usually comes up this time of year, and boy has it!  Prime fishing and trot lining in the shoots await!  Too bad we have to work!!!


This is Bunge where we haul most of our crop.  It sits just inside the levee.  You can see the farmland surrounding it is covered by the rising Mississippi River.


This is the arm that loads the crop into barges.


When the water really gets up, this road is covered with water.  The workers have parked their cars on the levee and rode a boat to work on occasion!


Work, Work, Work!


It has finally gotten dry around here and we have been able to get a lot of work done.  We have been running the field cultivator, disk and the do-all preparing the ground for planting. 


Don has been doing double duty some days and runs both the planter and the spray rig.  A couple of days he has pulled 14 hour days trying to get the corn in before it rains. 


The Farmer’s Wife  has been doing her part by hauling fuel, bringing lunch and dinner and helping move fields so the Farmer can stay on the tractor.  The kids swap out riding with Don.  They love farming and don’t mind getting extra school work done so they can get up very early to go with their daddy. 


Saturday Poppa helped out and Grady rode with him until supper. 


We should get finished planting the corn by lunch today and Don’s plans are to run the water furrows and spray it all before it rains tonight.  The forecast is calling for 2 inches of rain…so those furrows will come in handy!


The wheat looks great and has had it’s second dose of fertilize.  Days are getting longer and it’s getting warmer, so it will really take off growing now.


The house building is off to a slow start, but we are hoping things will speed up soon.  Don’s uncle Bobby has all the dirt hauled in and the county ran the lines and put in the water meters yesterday.  We are just waiting on the rest of the foundation work to be completed, things should start going faster after this is finished.





              Corn Harvest 2012

Corn, Zea mays L., (or “maize” at it is known throughout much of the world) is a cereal crop, a member of the grass family. Corn is grown around the world and is one of the globe’s most widely used food staples; corn varieties are directly used for food and animal feed or processed to make food and feed ingredients (such as high fructose corn syrup, corn starch and lysine) or industrial products such as ethanol and polylactic acid (PLA). The two primary methods of processing corn are referred to as “dry” and “wet” millin

Industry Overview

In 2005, the U.S. produced 42 percent of the world’s corn. Over 50 percent of the U.S. crop is produced in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska or Illinois. Other states in which corn is grown include Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Missouri. In 2005, over 58 percent of the U.S. corn crop was used for feed. The remaining U.S. crop was split between exports (25 percent) and food, seed or industrial uses such as ethanol production (17 percent).

Other major corn producing countries include China, Brazil, Mexico and the 25 countries that make up the European Union.

Corn Facts

  • An ear of corn averages 800 kernels in 16 rows
  • 1 pound of corn is around 1,300 kernals
  • 100 bushels of corn is about 7,280,000 kernels
  • Each year one american farmer provides food and fiber for 129 people…97 in the U.S and 32 overseas.
  • In the U.S. corn production measures 2x that of any other crop.
  • Corn is produced on every continent of the world except Antarctica.
  • Corn is used as a sweetener in most of the soft drinks and other commercial products that call for a low-cost sweetening agent.
  • A single bushel of corn can sweeten 400 cans of soft drinks!

All of our corn seed is proudly purchased from Kitchen Seed Company




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