06/17/17 – Central Kansas

Julie Vogts – Spring Valley Farms Inc.

We were able to begin cutting wheat quite early.  Around 9:00 a.m., they headed to the field and continued cutting until about 11:00 p.m.  We had two drivers today which helped immensely since we are hauling to the grain elevator and not to our farm storage.

Our daughter and I made our way to the field this morning since we had not been able to all three be together in the combine.  Now that my duties were reduced, there was ample opportunity to spend time together!  Our daughter took over the steering wheel for a bit.  Her intense look is funny but so glad she takes the job seriously!  Later in the day, I took Milton’s father down so he could ride in the combine.  He isn’t able to help us much anymore but so glad he can still get up in the combine to ride at age 88!  I’m sure he supervised Milton well!  From what I hear he stayed in there for quite some time.

I made a light lunch for the guys and another freezer crockpot meal for supper.  The Crockpot Italian Beef Sandwiches, but I didn’t serve them as sandwiches.  I just gave the guys some of the meat and had bbq sauce/ketchup on the side.  My husband really liked this meal.  I didn’t get to try it yet as I was not home for supper.  My mother-in-law helped me out by taking the food to the field.  A farm family…each helping however they can.

After returning from town, the sun was setting and it was the most beautiful scene I think I’ve seen so far this harvest.   I couldn’t resist, while waiting on the combine to make it’s way closer, to snap a picture of the Kansas sunset God provided for us tonight.  If everything goes well, we should finish up tomorrow sometime.  We harvested about 145 acres today; that is a very good amount for one day!

*Farming Grace Daily*

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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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