triticale is lost in JFK airport!!! Very frustrating. Sunday
after church we mowed, watered flowers and got rid of the dead
ones. We did cut corn 2 days ago. That was our first crop and
we were excited. It did well. Now the corn is in the elevator.
We sell it to the elevator who will probably sell it to a feedlot
for cattle feed
seed still sitting in New York at Delta Air Cargo. This is very
frustrating. One Delta employee assured me it would go on to
Atlanta today. But too late for Tanner to pick up in Kansas
City. It is a 2-hour drive from Manhattan where Kansas State
University is located to KC airport. Plus it is warm--85 degrees
and the soil bed is drying which makes less than ideal conditions
for planting triticale or wheat.
this afternoon Louise did receive a call that the seed was found
sent on to Kansas City and that Delta will fly it on to Garden
City--45 miles from our farm.
Today we will try cutting Milo, which is a grain sorghum. It
is a cattle or livestock feed. It is also used for birdseed.
We do not cut it ourselves. Another farmer who has a combine
or a custom harvester will cut it for us. We pay them to cut
it. The triticale seed is still lost!!!
In the meantime Marit had piano lessons. There was a JV football
game where Layton played well--had some great tackles but Dighton
lost to Scott City.
called the Garden City airport at 10:30pm. The seed was confirmed
on board in 4 parcels (bags) instead of the original 3. We wonder
what we will get!!
the bank in Dighton Louise wired payment of the seed to Poland.
It will still take about a week for the bank there to receive
it. Louise called the airport early to confirm that the seed
had arrived. Hallelujah, it is finally here.
Louise drove to Garden City airport to pick it up. Yes there
were 4 heavy plastic sacks of seed. As soon as we got it home
Vance opened them and mixed the triticale seed with granules
of phosphorous which will insure a good stand of triticale.
He had the seed planted within an hour of receiving it.
fun part is the 4th sack. It is a mystery seed, which we did
not order. It looks like a square black-eyed pea--certainly
a kind of bean. Louise called Delta to report that we had received
an extra sack with no identification.
is catch-up day on bill paying, computer accounting. This is
also 4-H week. Layton and 3 other 4-H members spoke to the primary
school kids about the benefits of belonging to 4-H. They did
a great job. Louise got photos of their presentation. Marit
was especially proud to be a member and have her brother speak
Marit had dance lessons after school. Vance is repairing equipment
as well as checking fields of wheat to make sure the seeds are
sprouting. He's also checking the Milo to see if it is dry enough
to cut. We'll call the cutter tonight for test cutting tomorrow.
cutter tried cutting Milo in the afternoon. The moisture was
18%, which is still wet. Ideally it should be 15%. The grain
elevator prefers it at 16% or less. The farmer gets a drying
expense as well as dockage if the grain is wet. So we want to
cut it at 16% or less. Right now the price is about $3.95 per
100 lbs. of grain. So we will wait a few more days. Hope we
get a hard killing frost soon. That would dry out the grain
Marit, Layton and Louise worked at 4-H concession stand at the
grade school football game. It's always fun to work with the
parents and kids. When our shift was over, Marit and Louise
drove to Scott City to a Kansas Humanities council program sponsored
by AAUW (American Assoc. of University Women) called, "Plucky
& Purty: Women on the Santa Fe Trail" given by Dr.
Sara Jane Richter. It was terrific. Louise was the program director
for the presentation.
It's getting windy. Hope the Milo continues to stand. It is
very hard to cut Milo when it is lying on the ground.
wind is picking up very strong--45 mph. Makes everybody in a
disagreeable temper--especially when that Milo is out in the
field and not in the bin!
Dr. Jim Shroyer, an agronomist with Kansas State University
Extension arrived to put in triticale test plots with Vance.
There will be the Polish varieties as well as the regular ones.
Layton has a football game 3 hours from here. Marit was home
from school due to a very bad cough so we did not go to the
game. Instead we did house work and prepared for the trip to
Lindsborg, Kansas tomorrow to the Svensk Hyllningsfest. It is
a festival that celebrates Swedish heritage in the Smoky Hill
Marit, and Louise drove to Lindsborg--3 hours. There we attended
all the fun--great parade, food, arts and crafts and a reunion
of family and friends. Louise gets to practice her Swedish--all
her family is Swedish. Louise's sister from Pennsylvania has
arrived as well as Bethany College alumni friends. Marit wears
her Swedish costume. The day is a little windy with the feel
of fall. Attended the Bethany Homecoming football game that
they won. K-State also won so everyone is pleased.
Our feet are sore but our spirits are high! Vance had hoped
to get Milo cut today due to a threat of rain. But it is still
too wet. Vance ended up working on some story assignments for