The guys are still working on plowing the wheat ground and Steve
is busy with the irrigation. He would like to see more rain but
we need to get the plowing done. One of the guys hit a telephone
with the plow. Steve said the pole was in a bad place and he has
almost hit several times.
It is so hot that this morning the radio announced the utility
companies are asking people to cut back electrical usage and turn
up the thermostats on air conditioners to 80 degrees.
We have finally gotten some rain. The guys had to stop plowing
by 10:00 in the morning. We
need the rain, but the guys aren't even half done with the plowing.
The guys worked on Steve's pickup the rest of the day. Steve and
I went to Hoisington, Ks to the home of the one the first Diary
keepers, the Stoskopf's. They were hosting a group of EPA people
from Washington DC. That group regulates a lot of our chemicals
so the National Wheatgrowers in Washington DC brings a group from
EPA once a year to observe what farming actually does with chemicals
and how we handle the chemical. We as farmers receive a lot of
bad press for our chemical usage. Most people do not realize we
are using the chemical on ground we live on and make a living
from. We are not going to jeopardize our families and livelihood
with bad practices.
We are continually getting rain so the guys finished up the pickup
and started working on some boards for our house. We are planning
to have guttering added to our house but needed to add strips
of wood to attach the guttering. One of the hard parts of summer
when it rains is keeping the guys busy when they can't get into
Since the fields were wet and Steve did not have to irrigate,
we drove to Liberal, KS to see my folks, Tom and Luella Cole.
Some of you may have heard of the Pancake races in Liberal in
February. We don't get back for the races, but I have tried to
have pancakes for breakfast on that day. As we drove through Southwest
Kansas, the ground looked a lot dryer than our area. I saw where
one cornfield looked like it was already starting to dry up.
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