06/10/17 – Central Kansas

Julie Vogts – Spring Valley Farms Inc

Day 1

When I scheduled a family bbq at our home for today’s date, the last thing I thought was that wheat harvest would be starting.  My brother came to visit for a few days from Wyoming, so my extended family gathered for lunch.  By 4:30 p.m., my husband and brother were heading to the field with me riding along for photo ops!  I kept telling Milton and my brother the wheat wasn’t quite ready, that I’d bet them.  I didn’t think it was quite dry enough, guess what, it was.  The moisture was at a good number and we’re happy with the yield, as well.  So, now my husband and brother will probably never ever let me live down this part of our first day of harvest together! We were able to get 23 acres harvested.  My older sister came to the field for a while, as well, along with a couple of our kids.

My brother, Rick, has been here a few days and although he is on vacation, he loves working at the farm.  Growing up, he was on the farm working all day, every day probably as soon as he could walk.  So coming back to the State of Kansas and helping us has been a treat for him!  And I’m not just saying that, he really is having a good time!  Supper tonight was leftovers from our lunch.  This year I made up 10 freezer meals for our days ahead. Thank goodness for the crockpot! This will be our first year with the freezer crockpot meals. I’ll probably write a post on the blog about our experience with that when time allows.

That’s about all for our first day in the wheat field harvesting!

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Definition of a HarvestHER - a strong woman willing to do whatever it takes to get the harvest in. She must have these qualities: 1. Be ready to go at the drop of a hat...sometimes without a lunchbox. 2. Has removed the word impossible from her vocabulary! 3. Can hold a baby, take care of a toddler and drive a tractor or combine all at the same time. 4. Must be able to cook for a crew - large or small. 5. Must be able to read minds. 6. Must be able to banter with a parts man until he realizes you DO know what you're talking about. 7. Must be the entertainment director for those rainy days. 8. Be a wife, mom, friend, helper, cook, problem solver, taxi driver or extra crew hand at all times. 9. Can handle the call that makes you react, "You need what? When?" Dropping everything you're doing to make it happen. 10. At the end of the day say, "I really do love this life".

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