Our farm is very much a family farm. The hubs and I run it together (I do the farm office work / he does everything else) and we have a few farm hands that are like family to us. On our farm we grow grain sorghum, cotton and sesame. Around our neck of the woods Summer time is harvest time. We plant all our crops in February/March. Grain harvest typically starts in June. Sesame and cotton harvest come right after the grain – typically in July/August.
Planting grain sorghum in February. It’s South Texas y’all – it’s already 85 degrees. And yes…my child is barefoot. Don’t judge. He’s happy.
Our combine harvesting grain sorghum
If there’s anything that I’ve learned by living on a farm – it’s that no two years are ever the same. Weather is a huge component to anything that happens on the farm – it determines when we plant, when we spray (no, we’re not an organic farm), when we harvest, when we cultivate, fertilize, and so on and so forth. Now, I still have a hard time knowing exactly when I’m supposed to be praying for rain and when I’m supposed to be praying for dry weather. Sometimes those prayer requests change from one day to the next. It’s hard to always keep up. Typically we like to have a lot of rain in the Fall (while there are no crops in the ground – on our farm) so that the moisture gets absorbed and kinda gets tucked away for the rest of the growing year. And we need the rain to clear out by planting season so we can get in the field and get those seeds in the ground. Then….we’d like a little rain. But not too much. But maybe a little more. Whoa whoa…not that much. But just a bit more. (You see? It’s hard to keep up!) And then of course we need hot and dry weather for harvest. And here in Deep South Texas we live and farm on the Gulf Coast, so hurricane season officially starts on June 1. And it doesn’t take rocket science to figure out that harvest and hurricanes don’t get along. So as you can imagine – farmers (and everyone else in the agriculture industry) watch the weather quite a bit. Considering all the factors and forces of nature involved – it really is a blessing any time that we have a good crop and are able to harvest it.
The boys getting on the combine to harvest grain.
Planting season and harvest season are by far the most demanding times on the farm. And harvest definitely takes the cake of the two. The guys put in long hours and get it done. This little guy loves to visit Dad in the field – especially when he works long hours (and we miss him at home). I enjoy taking him out to the field so we can visit or ride in the tractor with the hubs. It’s definitely a family affair around here.
Grain harvest. Family style. (Selfies aren’t my gig)
Now I’m going to be real honest with y’all here and tell you my real struggle with going out to the field. I know where a good handful of our fields are. But some of them…are in.the.middle of.nowhere. And they have names like “Big Red Barn Block” – and guess what – the “Big Red Barn Block” doesn’t have a big red barn on it. It used to have a big red barn years and years ago. Well how is a girl supposed to navigate field after field without any street signs or landmark descriptions? My directions tend to sound like “a cotton field on your left” and “a cotton field on your right” and “a grain field just to the North” (First of all, it took me a couple years just to get each crop identified correctly. Secondly, I’m not a natural compass. This field navigation business takes some serious skills). In my 8 years of marriage and living on the farm – I’ve made a lot of progress. But I’m here to tell ya…the struggle is real.
By some miracle I managed to find my way to this field and deliver lunch to my hunk of burning love while he was spraying cotton
Over the summer, our two year old really got interested in the farm and going to work with Dad (freeee time for meeeee). I loved packing their breakfast in the mornings so they could go off to work together and have their boy time.
These guys are like two peas in a pod.
And when we’re not busy working in the fields around here – the farm keeps moving because there’s always work to be done. Maintaining equipment, servicing tractors, barn work, and of course these cute cows that we have fun with.
Our Star 5 Gert X Hereford Cross Cows grazing in the pasture (oh, if these girls could talk…)
Life on the farm is a fun and good life to live. We are thankful for all the rain and sunshiny days we get and try to use them to make the most of our crop every year.
Welcome to The Farm and stay tuned for a look back on our 2016 harvest, farm updates for 2017 and soon – we’ll be prepping and planting for 2017.
XO – Laura
*The fancy family cotton pictures are courtesy of Claudia Farr Photography.