nights rain shut down harvest until after supper. We used
this afternoon to wash the 4-H animals and Julie baked for the
fair this evening. Were all nervous about being done with
wheat harvest in time for the fair. Theres a lot of field
work to be done after the wheat is cut to get the ground ready
to plant wheat again in September. Theres also alfalfa to
swathe and bale and lots of other things to catch up on.
When Dean called it quits at 10:30 tonight, the western sky was
putting on a real fireworks show. We checked the National Weather
Service radar on our DTN machine and the storms were clear out
by Colby, Kansas - 200 miles away!
dad has been to Otis for John Deere swather parts and now hes
headed to Millberger for Massey Ferguson combine parts. Hes
really been a lifesaver this summer - doing most of the parts
runs, helping move machinery and people, and running the combine
when he gets the chance.
The elevator finally got five rail cars for wheat. Theyll
hold the same amount of wheat that the elevator took in last night
when cutting started after supper. Theyre unloading into
semi-trucks as fast as possible but its difficult to take
in the farmers wheat and unload wheat at the same time.
The wheat trucks may have to wait in line again today.
Julies baked five angel food cakes and doesnt have
one to take to the fair yet. The best one got gouged when we cut
it out of the pan this morning. She was pouring todays first
cake into the cake pan when the pan flipped over onto the floor.
The next cake was out of the oven and looking good when it fell
out of its pan! She still wants to try again this evening!
The neighbors have finished their own cutting and are pulling
in to help us out. That should help get us on the way to the end
really got hectic yesterday afternoon and evening. Were
cutting the field that had 6 1/2 inches of rain that one night.
In the low spots, the wheat is down and has dirt and trash mixed
in with it (weeds, residue from previous crops on adjacent fields,
etc.). It was so dirty and dusty that, at times, I could not see
the combines thru the clouds of dust they were raising. Dean said
he had to cut against the wind in order to see the front part
of the combine. Its also muddy and they got things stuck
even when they were careful. Before the afternoon was over, one
of our wheat trucks had quit so we ended up with wheat trucks
borrowed from two neighbors.
The trucks were critical today as the elevator was full again.
The elevator would unload wheat into a semi-truck and then have
room for 2 or 3 farmers trucks to unload into the elevator.
It was like that all afternoon and evening. When Dean quit for
the night, he filled several of our trucks and took them home.
This morning, the elevator had more room so he took our trucks
in and unloaded them before going back to the field and cutting
wheat all day.
Today was the day for 4-H clothing and fashion revue judging.
Dean shut down wheat harvest after supper to attend the public
4-H Fashion Revue, where the 4-Hers are awarded ribbons
on their modeling and personal presentation skills. Julie also
performed a vocal solo, accompanying herself on the piano.
months of work, the fair is here! All the exhibits and animals
were entered this morning. Both kids entered the 4-H Livestock
Judging Contest this afternoon. The 4-H Bucket Calf Show was this
evening. The bucket calf project is judged on how much the 4-Her
knows about his or her calf, the beef industry, and presentation
of the calf, rather than on the quality of the animal. Since its
designed for younger 4-Hers with younger animals, its
one of the most popular livestock shows at the fair. Wayne placed
in the top 4 in the bucket calf judging and was named Champion
Junior Bucket Calf Showman (7 - 9 year olds).
the busiest day of the fair. Dean and Wayne went over early and
cleaned the pens and fed and watered the animals. Julie and I
stopped at Grandmas house to pick up the foods exhibits
we had been keeping in her freezer. Julie had 2 angel food cakes
to choose from - neither one was perfect. After much discussion,
she made her own decision as to which to take and, wouldnt
you know, she got a purple ribbon on it! (So much for Moms
advice!) Julie will get to take an angel food cake and the vest
she made to the Kansas State Fair in September. Wayne got Reserve
Champion on his 4-H Reading Shadow Box display and also in the
Exploring 4-H project. Between them, they had over 20 exhibits
They also had to wash their lambs and get them ready to show.
Julie and Wayne both received 2nd place ribbons in the Open Class
Ladies Lead/Shepherds Lead contest which was held first.
In this contest, they had to wear wool garments and lead their
sheep on a halter.
Julies lamb Bo was named the Champion Dorset Market Lamb
in both 4-H and Open Class. Wayne was named Champion 4-H Junior
Sheep Showman, which helped relieve his disappointment when Strider
received a red ribbon. Barton County 4-Hers consistently
win at 4-H Sheep Shows all across the state so the competition
is pretty tough here at the county level. Its a fun project
and we really appreciate the help that weve received from
the older 4-Hers and their families. We really enjoy seeing
the older 4-Hers work with the younger members and give
them encouragement and praise. Like one of our friends says, its
not about the color of the ribbons you get, its about having
blue ribbon fun.
morning, it was Julies turn to clean the pens and feed the
animals at the fair. Dean even came home and farmed for awhile
during the middle of the day. Our employees keep going while were
at the fair but its not easy, especially when the baler
keeps breaking down and needing repairs.
Today, it was Solitaires turn in the showring. His bath
seemed to refresh him and he and Julie did great. In the 4-H Beef
Showmanship Contest, Julie placed 3rd. She was pleased with that,
considering that Solitaire is pretty stubborn and doesnt
like to walk for her. He is very gentle but when he decides he
doesnt want to walk, its difficult for her to make
his 1221 pounds move. We had hoped that Solitaire would place
higher in his market class but he received a red ribbon. We chose
which steer to take to the fair way back in March. Black Jack,
the one we fed as a companion to Solitaire but didnt take
to the fair, might have placed higher. Julies all ready
to try again next year and thats what really counts.
cutting wheat again! The kids and I took care of the chores at
the fairgrounds while he got around and finished cutting wheat
in two different fields (leaving only one field/mudhole to go).
After getting stuck the 2nd time, he decided to leave 2 very small
patches for the wildlife.
We werent involved in any activities or judging at the fair
today - just feeding and watering animals and keeping the pens
clean. It was nice to have time to relax and visit with friends.
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