to the Ehmke family farm!
is made up of Vance and Louise with sons Cole, Tanner, Layton and daughter
Marit. Our farm is in west central Kansas near the beginning of the
is the fourth generation of Ehmkes to farm. The family came from Germany
to Lane County in 1886. Not only does Vance farm; he also is an agricultural
journalist. He writes for farm magazines in the winter. Louise grew
up in California. She is a farm partner, homemaker, volunteer.
a 1997 graduate of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas with a degree
in business management and economics. In January he will continue studies
at the University of Sidney in Australia as a Fulbright Scholar studying
how farmers are thriving under world trade policy. He is currently at
Kansas State University picking up some graduate hours to prepare him
for his year in Australia.
is a sophomore at Kansas State University where he is studying agricultural
economics. He spent the summer working at our local co-op elevator,
which is a storage facility for our wheat. Cole worked for us on the
farm. Layton, the third son, is a junior at Dighton High School with
interests in music, forensics, football, photography, and 4-H. Marit
is a second grader who loves school, playing outdoors, and 4-H.
crop is dryland hard red winter wheat followed by grain sorghum (Milo
is a feed grain for livestock) and triticale (wheat/rye cross) used
for cattle forage. Besides bulk wheat, we grow certified wheat and triticale
for seed for farmers to plant or drill which is what we call it.
practice in the high plains is called summer fallow. Because rainfall
is only 18 inches a year, we plant wheat every other year. The ground
soaks up moisture during the year of fallow although we still have to
control weeds. Wheat is planted September, harvested in late June, early
July then planted again 14 months later. It takes lots of acres in our
region because you only get a crop on half of your acres at a time.
So one half of the farm is in crop while the other half rests.
we have 2 farm dogs and 5 mules. We use the mules for pleasure riding
as well as for roguing seed wheat. Roguing means to pull out off types
of wheat in a field of certified seed.
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