07/02/17 – Smith Center, Kansas

Kelli Armknecht – LaRosh Farms

LaRosh Wheat Harvest Wraps Up!

Hi!  It’s been over a year since I have sent you anything!  I’ve been incredibly busy but thought I would send you a few pictures and fun facts from our harvest.  We started cutting on the 19th of June and finished up on the 1st of July.

While cutting wheat, we observed lots of wildlife running/flying out of the fields which included: deer, raccoons, bunnies, mice, rats, hawks, coyotes and pheasants.  It was my goal to try to catch a little bunny but I didn’t dare try this until the last day.  As a combine operator for my dad, I had to keep my header in the wheat as long as there was wheat to cut!  So, on the last day, knowing that there were no storms coming and that we would easily get done, I took my chances at catching a little bunny.  My first two times were failures, but I’m a quick learner and revamped my strategy!  I emptied my lunch box and suckered my little sister into helping me out!  We spotted a real little one and I stopped the combine to begin the chase!  We were able to capture it with my lunch box!  It’s so precious!  This was one of the highlights of harvest!  I’ve attached a picture of me with my little bunny friend!

Thanks for encouraging women across the country with your page!  I enjoy seeing other women working hard out there!

God Bless!


06/19/17 – Central Kansas

Julie Vogts – Spring Valley Farms Inc.

Our Monday started out to be a cooler day than most of the previous ones and cloudy.  So, harvesting our last bit of wheat was put on hold until about 4:30 p.m.  My husband had our daughter, granddaughter, and myself help him get situated east of the draw.  He had to take the combine from one end of the field across a small “draw” that runs water through our fields.  I must admit, watching him maneuver it from afar had me holding my breath for a few seconds.  That machine isn’t cheap ya know! But he made it across with two little girls watching his every move!


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.  🙂


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.


06/15 and 06/16/17 – Central Kansas

Julie Vogts – Spring Valley Farms, Inc.

On the 15th, actual cutting of wheat was started late in the day due to it being too wet in the morning and wheat not quite ready.  This gave the farmer time to catch up on various tasks.  We have been able to harvest between 75 to 100 acres per day depending on what time we can get in the field. The farm kid and myself were able to figure some scale tickets and enter data while passing the time.  Once we got started cutting, it was a somewhat short harvest day. A thunderstorm made its presence; so we were out of the field by 6:30 p.m. The rain. along with having issues with our farm grain storage system. made for a short cutting day. But we’re thankful for the wheat we were able to harvest! Since things happen, we were able to eat a delicious meal around the dinner table! That made this lady a happy farm wife! The Maple Bacon Pork Loin is one freezer/crock pot meal we will make again!