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Day the Ehmkes are working. Vance is driving a tractor pulling an
implement, which plows the ground chopping the weeds. He is preparing
the ground for drilling or planting. Cole is home and he too is driving
a tractor. Layton is mowing. Marit is roller blading on the patio,
sidewalk. Louise is fueling tractors when needed as well as bringing
lunch to the drivers.
prepares his wheat plot data and booth to be taken to the Kansas State
Fair as well as his grand champion photograph from the county fair.
He is also busy with Dighton High School football and student council.
loves school, which started August 18. It's hot!
has been on the tractor from 7:30 am to 10 pm. In between we are filling
trucks with wheat, which are taken to the seed cleaner at the Dighton
Co-op Elevator for cleaning. We bring the trucks back to the farm
where clean wheat is loaded into bins ready for farmers to buy. The
favorite varieties this year are 2137, Jagger, and TAM 107.
spent lots of hours on the phone tracking a shipment of experimental
seed of triticale from Europe. When we finally get it we will send
it to four university research scientists who will use it in test
plots looking for new and better characteristics to increase yield
or fight disease. Louise finally found it at JFK airport awaiting
to be inspected then sent on.
to the Kansas State Fair on Saturday where Layton judged crops. His
booth received a blue ribbon, his photo a purple plus special honors
by the Kansas 4-H Foundation.
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