only got into the 80's here today. Not exactly our typical August
hot, dry, windy days. The 4-H club's swim party was tonight.
The kids had a blast but it was pretty cool by the time we called
it quits at 9 p.m.
rain today! The guys sat at the elevator and solved the world's
problems over coffee with several other farmers. Then it was
back to repairs this afternoon. Everyone is getting really concerned
about getting all the field work done, fertilizer applied, etc.
and having the fields in shape to plant wheat by mid-September.
We usually shoot for starting to plant wheat on September 20th.
In some fields, it may take at least 3 more trips over the ground
to get the weeds killed, chopped up, and get the ground smoothed
up enough to plant wheat.
went to a county extension wheat pre-planting meeting tonight.
It's always interesting to hear what researchers from Hays and
K-State have to say about the different varieties, as well as
learning more about marketing, controlling costs, and more.
He learned that one of the head guys is going to make the rounds
with our farm management field man during the next Barton County
round of visits. That means it's time for me to get all the
bookkeeping caught up.
had a good laugh today because the mid-morning thunderboomer
caught one of his teachers with his car windows down. I doubt
the teacher appreciated all the kids laughing while watching
him run out and back in the rain getting the car windows closed.
Another sudden thundershower right at noon caught everyone by
Wayne had a classmate over after school today. They caught their
grasshoppers for science class. Wayne's old butterfly net had
too many holes (from being used to catch other bigger things,
I think) so they had trouble getting the grasshoppers caught.
Dean went to a public meeting about Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife
Area tonight. It was really an update on several different projects
that Kansas Wildlife and Parks have going at Cheyenne Bottoms.
Sounds like there will be more ducks and geese migrating through
this area than in previous years.
repairs. With the fields wet, there's not much else the guys
can do but try to get everything ready to go full blast once
it does dry out. Wayne's school had open house tonight. We enjoyed
meeting the new teachers and learning what the kids are going
to be studying. His school only has 4th and 5th grades - 3 classrooms
of each grade. He's really excited about all the things they
Julie opted to stay home and practice her flute for a band test
tomorrow. Since she's involved with both band and vocal music,
she doesn't have a study hall during school. With 2 hours of
volleyball practice after school, she's really going to have
to stay on top of her schoolwork to keep up.
Made it through our first full week of school! Everyone seems
tired! We had a 4-H float committee meeting at our house tonight.
We're planning a float for the Labor Day Parade in Hoisington.
Since we use our hay trailer, we usually build it in our machine
shed and then someone drives it to town - very slowly - for
judging on the morning of the parade.
and Wayne mowed the yard today. The weeds and pollen are just
terrible now. Usually, our area of Kansas looks pretty dry and
is turning tan and brown in August. Not so this year. Everything
is green and lush. The Milo looks great but the weeds are taking
over all the forgotten corners of fields, yards, corrals, etc.
For people who have allergies, an August like this can be really
Wayne caught and froze a sphinx moth tonight. It was flying
around the petunias in his flowerbed. A similar moth last year
had a proboscis that was 3-4 inches long and we'd watch it try
to maneuver it down into the throat of the flowers to collect
nectar, quite a feat if the wind was really blowing. Since we
didn't plant any tomatoes this year, we haven't been too concerned
about the moths - which lay the eggs for the tomato hornworms.
At least that's what we decided last year when we looked it
all up in the bug books. We'll see what the 4th grade science
class decides this year.