Farmin’ Ain’t No Picnic (part 3)

It’s been exactly 3 weeks since my last “farm” post.  Unfortunately, we have not made a lot of progress in those 3 weeks.  In our little part of Ohio, we received a couple drenching rains that have left the fields too muddy to hold up heavy combines and grain wagons. Ability to harvest has been hit and miss.   Early in the morning following a nice frost makes the ground more solid, until the sun comes out and things get “smeary” again.   Late afternoons open a window of opportunity with fields drying out a bit but then darkness settles in and so does the dampness.   Mother Nature once again, is in charge.

It’s about 7:00 PM now and we are cutting corn.  In the dark.  I am not fond of this method of harvest because it’s difficult to see, even with all the lights attached.  Just a little scarier and worrisome for me.  But as the calendar pages fly off the wall, the need to harvest whenever possible overrides my misgivings. We still have about half of our 1100 acres left to harvest.

So I am doing my part… brewing a pot of coffee, wrapping up some cheeseburgers and cookies and keeping the workers fueled up.  The good news is that the weather forecast for our little corner of the world looks dry and fair and relatively warm for November.  Stay Tuned.


About Life in the 50's and beyond...

Welcome to Life in the 50's and 60's and beyond .... where I write about my childhood memories, music of the 60's and about life in the country. I am a mother, grandmother, farmer's wife, business owner, and retired teacher.
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11 Responses to Farmin’ Ain’t No Picnic (part 3)

  1. Caddo Veil says:

    WOW–I honestly don’t know what else to say, so kudos for rendering Caddo speechless!


  2. Yes, the weather will be mild for a while. Sunshine for the next few days will be helpful. I hope you all get everything done soon, Ruth.


  3. Good luck – I hope you are able to finish soon.


  4. free penny press says:

    Best of luck on the remainder of the harvest!!


  5. i grew up on a cotton farm and my married years were on large farms, too. how well i remember those long harvest days/nights.. first waiting for the dew to dry/moisture to leave, and then the long harvests into the night, especially before a cold front.

    ah, that hamburger looks pretty good! thanks for the nostalgic trip back to the fields!


  6. Karen says:

    I think I will be thinking of your family, friends and you as you are deep into the harvest! Sending my support and prayers!


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