Wednesday, August 12, 2009


This time of year, my husband feels a bit like a boomerang. He is caught between the two major components of our livelihood: crops and cattle.


We're midway through harvesting winter wheat, which means he spends at least 14 hours a day - and usually longer - in the field and on the road hauling the grain to storage.


But when the weather prohibits harvesting, he's catapulted into the cattle side of the business, searching for cows.


And searching for cows.


And moving cows to new pastures.


And searching for more cows.


You can see why this is a time consuming task. Look closely; we actually found some cows!


Then the wheat dries out again, and it's back to the harvest field.


Back and forth. It's a grueling schedule.


But it's a nice view.


Dawn said...

Gorgeous view! Wish we had some of the green right now.


Anonymous said...

In the picture of the cows being moved on the road is that all your farm and house in the background?

threecollie said...

Beautiful country!

RockWallaby said...

What I'm really enjoying about this whole blogging exercise is looking into other people's back yards - all over the world. Yours is absolutely beautiful, and so different from ours.

Paula Glover said...

You're much farther north, we harvested winter wheat a month ago - haying from dawn to dusk now. Beautiful country - more rugged than the Flint Hills in Kansas where we are.

Willow Tree said...

You're such a talented photographer! I'm often reminded, through your lens, how beautiful our country is.


Steph said...

I know how you feel, starting in October, we're always running between the chicken houses and the cotton field!

Jenny said...

Great pictures!
I know exactly what you mean. My husband has always been busy between our cattle, our own farming operation, plus all the custom swathing and baling he does on the side. But now it's even harder since he got a "real" job in town as a firefighter/EMT. He works 24 hours on, then 48 off, and tries to get the farming done in the off time (though he is sometimes on call during that time as well).

Rose said...

You take the most beautiful photo's. 14 hours is a pretty long day.I hear people complaining about their 8 hour work day. I am sure you all have no trouble sleeping. God bless, Rose

Anonymous said...

Beautiful area you live in.. Love the pictures.. Hope things go smoothly for you all and things go quickly for you all..


Farmchick said...

I loved looking at your pics....we don't normally plant winter wheat but have on occassion. We will start our spring wheat harvest in Sept this year. Stop over for a visit--I have some pics of our flax a post or two back.

Kath said...

Boomerang definitely describes farming well!!!

I just came home from 2 1/2 wks of farming in WY. My head is still spinning from all the work that needed to be done. The kids and I came home and left the hubs to finish up all the small jobs that didnt get accomplished. Not sure when he will make it back home....

Michelle said...

Such gorgeous scenery!
We do the balancing act of crops and cattle too. One thing farmers never have a chance to do is be bored! Always something going!

Dawn said...

I've been missing your posts. Hope all is well there with you and yours - and that you're just busy with summer turning into fall "stuff."


Anonymous said...

Dee from Tennessee

Oh, yes...the views are stunning. Stunning.

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