06/18/17 – Central Kansas

Julie Vogts – Spring Valley Farms Inc.

​I’d say my husband was pretty happy to be spending most of Father’s Day, this year, in the combine.  We attended church, had a quick lunch as a family, then he headed to get ready to harvest wheat.  I mowed around the farm yard. He did spend time with our daughter hauling wheat to the grain elevator. Our 3 month old twin grandsons made an appearance ​at the combine and the weather was lovely today.  Milton also found the coyotes that have been getting our chickens so he was thrilled to take care of that task, if you know what I mean!

When he started cutting today we had around 65 acres to harvest. At the end of the night, at 9:30 p.m., he has about 15 acres left to harvest. For supper, I handed him a couple of slices of Casey’s pizza and a Mountain Dew.  Not the healthiest meal but I decided I’d just pick that up on the way home from taking our daughter to softball practice.  He didn’t seem to mind.  🙂

 As I type this, I can hear the sounds of the combine harvesting wheat, my view is of green stalks of corn, though.  If I stand and look out the window, I can see the top of the combine he is harvesting wheat in.  The sun is setting and I know that our wheat harvest 2017 is coming to an end.  Not today, but perhaps tomorrow.
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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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