Sunday, October 30, 2016

An Adventure of a Lifetime- Ireland

Hello All,

I know it has been a while since I have updated my blog, life has been busy with work around the farm but we did take some time for family. As most farmers know, it is very important to spend time with family and sometimes we are fortunate enough to take a vacation.

I have always wanted to go to Ireland for my Irish roots and just because everyone says it is beautiful. Well it is! Here are some pictures from our adventures to Ireland in August. We definitely will never forget this special trip!


The Milkmaid

Round straw bales, we did get to see one field being combined
but I wasn't fast enough to take a picture. There was so much
agricultural on all of our adventures. Great place to go for an
Ag Tour.

Picking up and loading on trucks


Large squares


Kilkenny Castle- one of the many we visited

It was always so green and beautiful every where we drove! 

Waterford Crystal- a must do while in Ireland!

Dairy Cattle on top of the hill, there was many dairy farms along
our drives and we enjoyed seeing so many!

Tractor driving, everyone was very friendly to farm vehicles!

Beautiful Coastline drive


Tractor driving on what we would consider highways.. crazy! 

Blarney Castle- and yes hubs kissed the stone!


One of the many churches we visited

Cliffs of Moher

They were breath-taking!

Rock fences- I do not know how they keep the animals in!
An Irish performer along the streets in Galway

Dublin- From the top tower at Guiness

Dairy Cattle!!

Beef Cattle

Narrow Roads! 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Upgrading In The Farm World

Well the busy season is here!

Winter went by quickly and I don't know if I was mentally or physically ready for spring, yet. I got a bit lazy this winter!

A few key notes of some things that have happened over the last several months:

-We had a dry, warm winter. We only got one significant snow and it came in March.
-We made a few new purchases and additions to the farm
-We are so thankful to still be able to do this life and our prayers go out to all the farmer's and ranchers that were affected by wildfires. We only had smoke come through and no fires close to us. It is amazing how many farmers and ranchers (and others) came together to help those in need. It is so tough to hear/see those losses.

Now back to planting time, we recently upgraded our tractor and purchased a much larger planter. It has 24 rows!! That is 24 rows being planted at one time. It is also central fill for the seed! My mind is blown! I am so use to the 12 rows and filling boxes! I am still wrapping my mind around this new equipment!

Times have changed so much from when I was kid and definitely from how my grandpa grew  up! My brothers new tractor is so fancy, you can call from your phone via Bluetooth from the cab of the tractor! Mind blown. I have a love/hate relationship with technology. I, personally, feel as though we (a society) rely too much on technology these days and have lost some of our very basic foundations. But that is another feeling for another day. I understand how important this new technology is that we utilize for many reasons.

-GPS and autosteer help us to use the whole field to the best we can. The more we can get planted and grown in a field the more crop that is produce. This means more food for you- the people. If it isn't a food products, it is something to help us. We have to feed millions of people just here in the United States. Without it we don't use every bit to produce the most we can for YOU. It's not for us or a profit, sure we need that to keep farming but really it is for YOU! People are so far from the farm these days they wouldn't even be able to produce the food they need to survive, that's why you have hard working farmers trying to produce the most for YOU. Some individuals need to realize that just a bit more.

-It doesn't matter if you are a GMO farmer, non-GMO farmer or an organic farmer. We all have the same goal. To help feed the world. We have to find new ways to keep feeding the ever growing world. Thankfully technology has evolved to help us do that. That is larger equipment producing more efficient time management and a greater amount of acres we can produce for... You guessed it... YOU!

-I guess what I am trying to tell you, even if you don't quite understand or even know what exactly a farmer does/is go find one, ask questions and do me a favor. Don't bash one over the other. Respect. Everyone. All farmers. You may have opinions about why I should be an organic farmer, but I have studies and research to show you why we plant GMOs and back them up. To each their own.

We got a much needed rain this past weekend. A blessing for our wheat and corn. That is my update for this month. 


The Milkmaid 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

My Handsome Farmer Brother


This is not my typical post, at all, but I am going out on a limb, with permission from my brother to share about him for a singles blog on Kelly's Korner. Recently, I joined a bible study group with some great ladies and this is how one sweet gal met her husband. So, when Kelly was going to host another singles day she told us about it and I asked my brother if I could take a chance and try to find him love through my blog. He somewhat agreed... so here it goes!

Meet Joshua. He has never been married, 27 and a farmer. He has a degree in Agronomy from Kansas State University and loves the Wildcats. He loves his beard but looks good without it too. He is kind-hearted, loves agriculture, farming, his family and friends. He loves to go two-stepping and can do a mean wobble baby. Dancing is definitely his thing.

He is the greatest brother, one of my best friends, and an awesome uncle to his nieces and nephew. He is great with kids and will be an awesome dad when he has his own children.  He loves joking around, laughing and being ornery. He can be a handful at times but he truly has a heart of gold. He cares so much about others and tries to be the best person he can be. He is truly a one of a kind, good guy.

He has been active in church as a youth sponsor for the youth group and loves helping out where he can. He wants to go on missions trips, his goal is to go to Africa and help teach about the Lord one day, hopefully soon! He could talk to anyone about almost anything, but he gets a little shy around women. He likes to keep things simple and live that way, too.

He is definitely the most entertaining person at family gatherings, the loudest and the funniest. He loves the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. He enjoys sporting events, watching tv and loves to go see movies. He loves having a good time and enjoys hanging out with friends. (We live close to Wichita, KS so there is opportunities to go and do fun things.)

I pray and hope that through this blog, he finds a girl to talk to, to maybe fall in love with and maybe one day become my sister-in-law.

If you would like more about Josh or his contact information, please comment below or feel free to send me an email at

Thank you for reading about my one-of-a-kind brother!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Hello 2016

I don't know about you, but I cannot believe how fast 2015 flew by. What a year we have had. While we had good harvests and praise the Lord we did! The market prices have gone down the drain making end of year harder rather than most joyful, but that cannot get a farmer completely down.

We have been really blessed this year:
- we bought some new land
- very bountiful harvests
- new babies born
- the milk herd grew by purchasing new heifers
- new equipment purchases ( sprayer, gator, farm truck, crawler, grader, field cultivater, grain drill, auger)
- great year at the Kansas State Fair, Josh won Champion Soybean Best of Show
- good moisture, so thankful for the rain
- good health

However, I would be lying if I didn't say there wasn't any hardships.
- Several calves were lost (critters, weather, just hard births)
- market price decreasing
- prices of everything (seed, chemical, feed ingredients, fertilizer) on the rise and won't stop increasing. (Insert sad face)
- passing of cows (whether they had to leave the farm for reasons or passed away)
- Josh is still looking for a farm wife

These are just a few of the things that happened in the last several months of farming that I have missed out on updating the blog! Sorry about that, another goal for 2016!

We hope you all had a wonderful 2015 and that 2016 is a bright, fun filled year too!


The Milkmaid

Monday, April 20, 2015

April Showers Bring May Flowers- Or Grass We Hope!

Ah, April.

Such a pretty month one of my favorites really. Spring is showing up, the grass is green, trees are getting their leaves and the temperature (while it goes up and down and changes every 15 minutes it seems, it is Kansas you know?) is nicer than winters but cooler than summer. Ahh. Spring. My favorite time of the year.

Spring brings new life. New life is important to any farmer. Whether it is a new baby calf, horse, sheep, goat or pig-- you choose your fancy, or seeing your wheat green and growing, corn once it is planted sprout or whatever plant you raise in the ground ready to come up and produce. It is a time for many housewives or househusbands, single ladies and gents to get their gardens started and flowers planted and to start the mowing season. Ah Spring.

Many people do not understand why agriculturists like ourselves have to burn our pastures and fields. There are many benefits to doing this for our type of work. As for many ranchers and farmers it is to keep the nutrients needed to help our animals grow and to keep weed and tree problems low.

Here are a few good posts explaining pasture burning:

All of these blogs describe why pasture burning is a necessity for farming operations. I understand that many are concerned for the environment and general safety of the public. But I can assure you that we work with EPA and the regulations in agriculture every day and we obtain our burn permits with our local fire stations and counties to help better your food. Plain and simple. We have to do things to help produce enough food for all of us to eat and these are just some of the ways we can effectively do just that. Every year the amount of food needing produced raises and even if you are a vegan or vegetarian, someone still has to produce your food and a lot of it. So next time you are eating whatever it may be, please do not just criticize us for how we do it and how you believe it is wrong. Take some time to find a farmer/rancher ask them questions and get the real advice from the person working every day to grow that meal for you to consume.  Many of you would be surprised to find out the #truth behind what really goes and on and why we burn pastures or use certain chemicals (that never reach you or I) in order to produce enough wholesome great tasting food for both of us to enjoy.

We have been blessed with some rain showers already and we were lucky enough to have all of our corn in the ground for that rain as well. A few of the pastures that were burned in our area are already turning green and beautiful with new fresh lush grass- and I can't wait to watch ours join them and the corn to sprout!

Sorry for all those that have those nasty allergies-- I know you hate spring, but as for me-- I'm getting my camera out and loving this time. Happy Spring!

The Milkmaid 

(P.S.- This is all from the beginning of April-- sorry for the late upload!)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Farming is Dangerous-- And It Can Hurt.

The other night, I was going to write this but I just could not manage too. I had a horrible headache, felt dizzy, a little nauseated and just wanted to go to sleep. So I did.

Here is the real life of being a farmer. You get hurt. And it happens-- most days in some way.

Usually it is a small wound, no doctor needed and you either just ignore it or you give in to your wife/sister/daughter telling you to go inside, clean it up and bandage it. Thankfully, we have never had to many major injuries on our farm-- but there is a HUGE chance every day. I know there is a risk at every job but folks lets be honest-- I know way to many other farmers that can tell you about personal injuries or even death of a family member from working on the farm. Did you know that in 2012 there was 374 farmers/farm workers that died according to the CDC (link here). Many more injuries and accidents occur every day-- this is a serious deal.

(Here is a good article about farm accidents and how serious they are on Modern Farmer: Death on the Farm.)

Today, I am thankful that I am alive. I was very lucky to not get more seriously hurt the other night and that I walked away with just a slight concussion. I was opening the gates into the holding pen to let the cows in for the evening milking. I tapped a cow with the gate to get her to move out of the way so that I could hook it in front of the alley way-- well apparently she did NOT like that. She kicked the gate and before I knew it this heavy metal gate went straight to my head. Right above my temple. Thank the Good Lord that it did not hit any harder or any lower and I may not be here to write this blog or spend another day alive.

However, me being me, I did not go to the doctor, I iced it for a bit made sure it was not cut opened and after 15 minutes of so went back out (lucky me, my sister is a nurse and happened to be there when this happened so she checked it over) and did the whole milking and the milking the next morning before taking the night off. I still have a few minor headaches but it could be the weather. The moral of the story is-- in the matter of seconds everything could change and it is a dangerous world. I am thankful for being alive and that it was not worse. Be thankful-- for every one and every thing.

I had thought that from my morning milking that things would go ten times better that day. I had already slipped and fell, causing a huge bruise on my hip and then a cow kicked my hand up in the panel and cut it open in two places. Minor injuries to what would happen that night. Let's just say my new nickname on the farm is proving itself more and more. "Cow Boom" started because of my many small injuries and because I started a tractor on fire-- yeah that was a fun night! (no worries the tractor is fine and running still) here is too hoping nothing worse happens!

Be thankful my friends-- you never know what will happen tomorrow!

The Milkmaid 

Here is some pictures I took-- doesn't really do it
justice but still the best I could get!
And sorry for the faces-- I didn't exactly
feel the best.

Luckily for me-- it is just black and blue now
minus the headaches

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Working Hard and Hardly Working- And counting our Blessings.

It seems as though there is always some new project going on at the farm. Whether it is fixing fence or equipment or building something to help something else. March was busy with many different activities. We had some fun, we gave back and we worked hard.

A few things that went on during good ol' March. We sprayed numerous fields, dealt with many sprayer issues (frustrating and annoying is all I have to say about that darn sprayer), moved some corn and built a few things. But we also took some time off and gave back to the community.

At the beginning of March, Josh sold his corn that we stored in the new bin on the farm, so we got to test out the unload system to empty the bin. The guys hauled several loads of corn to a local feedlot.

Inside of the bin with the sweep auger moving through the corn

Coming from the sweep auger into the other auger bottom

And finally into the semi trailer

I was so lucky to help sweep the last bit of corn into piles for the sweep auger to carry out for the last load. At least farm work has some health benefits of making you sweat and keep in shape!

We got a new sprayer, I have nothing nice to say about it. I don't like it. It makes me frustrated therefore I am not going to blog anymore about that darn thing!!! However, it did give Handyman a good excuse to get out his welder and make a stand for the shuttles so that it is easier to unload the shuttles and switch them in and out when needed.

AJ welding in our garage the new shuttle holder thing

The finished product holding shuttles

Handyman really likes welding and wants to teach me but  I always tell him, "It can wait" I will learn some day but I kind of have a motto when it comes to certain things. If I learn it and no one else is around then I have to do it and well if I don't know how to do it, I guess one of the guys has too! -- I will just stick to milking cows, managing cows and breeding cows-- that's more my thing!

Those were just a couple of the things going on during March on the farm. Off of the farm, we went to Oklahoma with hubs parents and we went Spoonbill fishing. It was my first time ever catching that big of a fish! It was a lot of fun and was well worth the trip down there! I was lucky enough (and it was on St. Patricks Day! Luck of the Irish!) to catch the first fish. It only weighed 29 pounds so I threw it back and kept trolling on. I caught the second fish and it was a beauty! I kept this big fish weighing in at 62 pounds! After that I just enjoyed riding on the boat watching hubs and my father in law fish. They had a lot of fun and the best catch of the day was my father in law got a whole whooping 5 pounder! Boy, was it cute!! Overall, it was a great trip and nice to take a small break from working for some fun.

AJ and I with our catches

My father in law with one of his fish

Lastly and one of the most important days of March came where we, as a family, donated $2500, to the St. Anthony's Family Shelter in Wichita. It was a true blessing. My grandfather had his name entered into a Monsanto Grant Program where they generously give a $2500 grant in different family farms name to a place the family chooses. He was selected for Sedgwick county and my grandparents chose to give the money to a family homeless shelter. It was a privilege to be there as they presented the check and we got to tour the facilities. We are so proud that we can help others in need and it is very important for our family to give back to the community.

This program helps many families in their time of need and get back on their feet after so many different situations. I encourage you to go to your local homeless shelter or any other organization- ask for a tour, volunteer or just give back in any way possible. It is truly life changing experience helping others in their time of need. I know one of my many goals for this year is to do more volunteer work and I can't wait to get started with another program that I found in Wichita.

Many blessings to you and your family, we hope your March was a great as ours!

The Milkmaid