Have you heard the saying, ‘make hay while the sun shines’? I have. I’m sure most of your rural folks have as well. I understand what it means, but a lot of people don’t get it. It has nothing to do with actually baling hay, just going off the fact that you can’t ‘make hay’ when it’s raining so you’re having downtime and not getting done what needs to be done. Yes, you can take it literally, but that’s not what they’re really getting at. Yes, you make hay during the day (hehe, that rhymed). Well you could ask that guy with the FWA we hired to custom bale some round bales that showed up at midnight, but that’s a story for a different day… Obviously, farmers can’t plant or harvest in the rain. So you’ll hear them use this phase often. They have to use every ounce of daylight and good weather to get the most done, no doubt they can farm in the dark and they will. But there are certain things that are done best during the day. Oh, how I sometimes secretly wish for a rain day during planting or harvesting so we can have a date night. Shhh, though don’t tell Kyle :). I’m not the only one who does that right!? Well anyways, it’s a good piece of advice. It’s actually considered a proverb. Basically it means you have to take advantage of the chance to do something while conditions are prime. You have to make good use of time, or make the most of an opportunity when you have the chance. This is something all farmer live by, and something everybody else should too.
You can see it. You can hear it. You can smell it. It’s in the air.
We just got into the fields a couple of days ago.
And with this brings long, long days and endless service call for Kyle.
My boyfriend will become a figment of my imagination for the next several weeks.
Sigh, here we go again!
Here’s to harvest.
More posts and pictures to come.
Rain, rain, go away. We need some sun! The farming operation has only been in the field a little over a week total! And bad news, there’s a chance of rain every day for the next 10 days. More than likely we won’t get any planting time in until mid-June. We leave for Vegas & the Grand Canyon on June 13th so hopefully the fields have dried out and all the planting is done by them! There is talk of a possibility of having to switch to beans instead of corn because of time limitations. Since planting has been pushed back so far, when they are able to plant there will be some VERY long days & nights. Kyle will have to work at the shop all day and probably help with farming all night. It’ll be a long couple of days. The farming operation has about 75% of the crops in leaving about 1500 acres. So if everything goes good it should take 2-3 of planting to get everything in and done. There is still standing water in local field, they are a muddy mess. Roads are closed because water is rushing over them, and the ditches have water rushing through them with a current equivalent to the Mississippi. The next field drive down from our house is actually washed out.
Rain makes corn, but it needs to be planted first! Severe thunderstorms ripped across Iowa last night. Lucky me got to drive home from work in the POURING rain (I could barely see!), but I made it home safe. Although we did not get the brunt of the storm we need get heavy rain, wind, and hail. Up north of us sustained much worse damage because of high winds and got about 8 inches of rain! We are in a severe thunderstorm watch again until tomorrow at 1am. Like I said before the farming operation has only been in the field a little over a week, and they are not done. I hope it doesn’t continue being rainy because they need to get all the corn in. It would be nice to have my boyfriend back & not on call 24/7 for service calls or fieldwork!
A couple of days ago I went with Kyle to town to get parts and go on a service call. When we drove by Kwik Star we checked out the fuel prices. Can you believe that diesel is cheaper than gas? Unleaded gas was $4.02, super unleaded gas was $3.99, and diesel was $3.79. It’s 20-23 cents cheaper that gas! It’s been years since gas surpassed the price of diesel. Kyle even said he thought he’d “never see the day when diesel would be cheaper than gas”. I guess we’ll start having to drive Kyle’s truck around more, because you know diesel is cheaper than gas… 😉
With the long LONG winter (there was a snow storm May4th!) then a very wet start to spring it pushed backed the start of farming greatly. We’ve only been in the field for about a week! So the men have been working from dawn til dusk (and after!) to get the corn in as quick as possible. Kyle’s been manning the shop by himself and has had some pretty long days with all the service calls to work on equipment in the fields. And it continues this weekend, he had more service calls and has been helping in the field. These are a long couple of weeks, filled with 12-16 hours days, handwork, and eating alone; it’ll be nice to have my boyfriend back (until harvest).