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July 29, 2013

Sunday Farming With The Boy

So Chris decided the garage needed cleaned out this weekend- he decided that on Saturday, I decided that the porch swing was really calling my name and I needed to see to it much more than to the cleaning of the garage- but by Sunday afternoon while Chris had retired to his office to work the boy was out in the garage cleaning away and there was a few things he needed my help with!  I had built an arbor out of old doors for my Mom and really needed to take it over to her house- especially since it had been taking up space in our garage for almost a year- so the boy and I loaded it up and took it over there!  Once unloaded we decided to grab a couple of root beers from her fridge and go for a little Sunday drive!

And off we go!

First stop - he wanted to look at my brothers tomatoes!  He helped set a couple of days!

We stopped to check on the progress of a hog barn we are renting!  It is all cleaned up and the new feeders installed!  We will be moving hogs in this week!

We walked thru the pasture to check the cows and calves - or more so let the calves check us!

He wanted to check on the double crop beans he planted all by himself!

This is the first field of corn we planted - he pulled an ear off an end row plant and was impressed to find it was 18 round by 50 long!


He said to me last night just before bed - "Mom can we go on another drive next Sunday?"

I do love this boy!

July 23, 2013

From The Fields 7/5/13

Well, wheat harvest has come and gone on this farm.  I know a couple of others have started harvesting wheat, but it seems to just be getting started around here.  Thanks to the needed rain, though, baling the straw has been delayed, but the rain was welcome, and I'm pretty sure the straw will get baled this week.  We don't plant any double-crop soybeans, but I do know where the wheat has been harvested that there is some planting going on.  But we will start injecting liquid hog manure and spend the next few weeks emptying out the hog barn pits.

Chris made a trip up towards Hagerstown to pick up a hay elevator for us-no more having to heave bales up into the lofts for us.  Well, not us. That isn't something I could do even if I tried.  He said he couldn't really remember the last time the crops look this good for so many miles, knock of wood.  I headed to a friend's house the other evening and passed a cornfield about three miles from us that had tassels.

Friends of Johnson County Agriculture had their Know Your Neighbor event this weekend, and it was a huge success.  They work with a farmer to open up the farm for tours, answer questions, mingle with neighbors and help to educate the non-farming neighbors about what we as farmers do and the importance of agriculture to our county.  There was a great community turnout at Morris Farms in Bargersville.

We're still plugging away at 4-H projects.  If you need us, we will be hand-sorting a gallon of wheat kernels-but, hey, we still have a good 10 days until that projects is due!

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This week I didn't have to Instagram myself because much to my surprise when I got on Instragram IndyMilkMaid had already taken a pic and posted it (and I didn't even hint for her to, pay her or bribe her in anyway) and totally made my day!

If your on Instagram be sure to check her out - I love her pics!!!

Some other pics from this week:

Pics from Wheatmas - which by the way is an official holiday in my book and an official word in my phone!

Authors note:  Some pictures are from my iPhone and some from my big girl camera some have been edited in Instagram some on my computer some are just pics - I am working with myself on being less anal about all my pictures matching and being tweaked hoping that by relaxing I will blog more without thinking I have to adjust every picture-it is my own personal demon!!!!!!

From The Fields 6/28/13

A couple of months ago I was asked by Indiana Agri-News if I would be interested in being a 'From The Fields' reporter (I don't know if they actually call me a 'reporter' but I am going with that cause it makes me sound really cool!) - anyway I of course gave the idea no fore thought and said "Sign me up!"-cause that's just the way I roll!

So my original thought was this would be a great opportunity for me to post regularly on my blog - I would send my 'article' on Sunday evenings than once the paper was published I would post it along with some pictures from the week the following Sunday here!  Well.......

So I am going to start at the beginning -post what has already come out to get myself caught up!

June 28, 2013

Hi Jennifer Campbell here from Johnson County, Indiana.  My husband and I farm along with his parents and our 3 kids.  We raise corn, soybeans, wheat and have a farrow to finish hog operation. We also have a 'herd' of 4-H cows/calves-no need for ear tag numbers we know them each by name!

Knee high by the fourth of July - that has always been one of my favorite sayings but with the way corn grows now a days it seems to be out-dated but driving down the road with the kids the other day one of them said that and it occurred to me this might be the year to get some use out of this saying; but the last 2 weeks it seems like you can almost hear the corn growing around here!   There has been a lot of side-dressing being done and a whole lot of corn spraying.  Now that corn work is getting caught up bean spraying has started as well!

I heard someone say the other day we seem to be about 3 weeks behind normal -my question is 'what is normal any more?'.  The soybeans don't seem to be growing as fast as the corn but I think with a few of those Indiana sunny, humid, hot days they will really take off.  There was a little bit of replanting soybeans, mostly spotting in.  Some rain, more than an tenth of an inch at a time would be helpful but definitely no drenching down pour floods-if we get to choose!

I am sure a lot of family's in Johnson County are getting ready for the fair which is a little less than a month away, wish my kids would join them, as usual we are pushing getting projects done down to the wire!

Looking forward to wheat harvest here in Central Indiana-from what I have heard most people are looking at 10 days to 2 weeks till the wheat is ready.  I don't really have any statistics but driving around there seems to be quite a bit more wheat than the last few years.  I can't wait to see the combines moving thru the fields followed by balers chucking out bales of fresh golden straw!

Looking forward to the opportunity and excuse to drive around Johnson and surrounding county's to see what is going on, watch the crops grow and give my view on an industry that I love.

I got so excited when the paper arrived in the mail I had to Instagram it:

Yeah I might be grinning like an idiot-From The Fields in today's Indiana AgriNews!
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