Hello reading world, It is a beautiful Saturday here in Kentucky. The weather is so nice out today, with a high temperature 80 degree with lots of sunshine. The perfect day to spend out in your yard cleaning up, everything from the summer, while getting everything ready for the winter. You know their will not be many warm Saturday’s left in the year.
All of the corn has been shelled on the farm. It was a sad year for the corn crop. I do not know about other farmers but we had an average 58 bushels to an acre. That is around 100 bushels less than average. The lack of rain during June and July almost killed the crops. Granted, our corn is not food-grade corn. It is corn used for bio-fuels, animal feed, industrial strength glue, and a world of other products found here. I bet you did not know corn was so important in your life. Farmers do not just feed us they also provide for so many items we use daily. To learn more about corn go to The National Corn Growers Association.
The soybean crop looks amazing this year. All of our soybeans are late beans. We did not plant any early beans this year. The beans have lost about half of their leaves. We will probably be cutting them within 3-4 weeks. At their peak growth the beans were about 4 ½ feet in height with an average of 3 pods with 4 beans per pod. I know it is probably hard to understand but let me just say the bean crop looks great. Soybeans have a wide variety of usage, for example they are used in breads, candy, margarine, salad dressing, and many other food uses here. The industrial usages are just as many. Soybeans are used in making paint, ink, rubber, and many other uses found here. To learn more about soybeans go to The American Soybean Association.
If the weather looks good next week, we will make our 6th and final cutting of Alfalfa. We have never had 6 cuttings before. Remember last winter how unseasonable warm it was? Well it was so nice that the alfalfa did not hibernate like normal. It kept growing over the winter instead of lying dormant. Our first cutting was the last of April. We will bale it into 1000-pound bales and store in our new hay shed. I love the smell of fresh cut hay. It is something everyone should smell at least once. I know the cattle will enjoy this over the winter months.
Speaking about the cattle, we purchased a new bull this summer. He is a registered Black Angus and almost 2 years old. He is so cute. He still has his baby hair on the top of his head. He is very friendly and loves his ears scratched. I have finally gotten him to eat apples out of my hand. I cannot wait to see the calves that he produces. I know they are going to be top of the line.
There is not much else happening on the farm. Remember a farmer does more than just feeds you! Thank a farmer if you ate today.