Monday, July 15, 2013

Mom Video

We are in the midst of the county fair season and there are many 4H and FFA families on the verge of . . . well, let's just say there are a lot of very busy 4H'ers and FFA kids across the country right now.  I found this video this morning and it made me giggle.  I hope all you 4H moms and "retired" 4H/FFA moms get a giggle as well.
Ok Boys, back to work.  Only 15 days to the Clayton County Fair!  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Better Late Than Never

First, my apology.  I am not tech savvy.  In fact, I hate computers - I would much rather be outside in my hosta garden or in the kitchen cooking.  However, they are a fact of life and I do appreciate all the conveniences that come along with computer technology.  But, when a computer does not do what it is suppose to do I'm completely lost and FRUSTRATED.  So, here is a post that was to be done a week ago.  There will be a few other late posts coming up.  Please be patient with me - I'm one desperate computer operator.  Now with that little editorial complete, on with the blog.

Every 4th of July I take a picture of Grandpa and the boys in front of a corn field.  There is the old saying, "Knee high by the 4th of July".  That is an old corn farmer's gauge as to how well the crop is doing. 

With the mixed up, crazy spring we basically have three different corn plantings - mid May, late May and mid June.  None of these are considered timely.    If you would like more information about timeliness of corn planting go on back to my blog post titled "The 8th Day of Planting", the end of May.

The field I take a picture of each week on the Growing Season Picture page was one of the first farms planted.  If you hope over to that page you can see how far along this field is.  But on the 4th Dad/Grandpa was side dressing our corn on later planted farms.  So Dad being Dad we took two 4th of July pictures - one on an earlier planted farm and one on a late planted farm. 

Mid season planting of corn
on the 4th of July.

                                                   A late planted field of corn - well, at
                                                   least it made knee high on the boys.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Farm Boy Creativity

I love farm boy creativity.  Take 1 very hot and humid day, add in a couple of boys and Mom never knows what to expect.

I wasn't sure what was transpiring when Son #3 wanted to know where to find the dish soap (Apparently he has never had a need to use it before now.) and his pop-up tent.  Then I looked out the window to see every hose on the farm connected together and going all the way from the seed warehouse across the farm yard, to the top of the hill by the machine shed.  Next, I saw Son #1 wandering from building to building.  When I asked what he was looking for I got the usual "not much" comment.

When they ran out of the house in their swimming trunks I figured they were going to have a water fight.  Well, they did a little better than that . . .  All I can say is that necessity is the mother of invention.

Silage tarps tacked down with tent spikes make
a great slip and slide.

Squirt a little dish soap on the plastic to
add some speed.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Facts! Just the Facts Ma'm!

I posted this video by Cornell University on my FaceBook page: 2 Farmers & Their 3 Sprouts but I believe this is an important video well worth your time to watch.  Or, at least please listen to it while doing something else.

The scientists in this video go over the facts about GMOs, NOT the fiction that is continuously shadowing the science behind producing food for the world.