Fall is such a busy time on the farm, as you may know. We have harvest on top of our regular farm (and parenting) duties. With the addition of our third baby this spring, not only did I not find much time to do day-to-day blogging of the harvest, but I was getting use to “single parenting” our three kids while my husband could devote 100% of himself to the harvest.
All in all we had a good harvest. We had a few breakdowns, which can be expected when you’re operating machinery day-in-day-out. The weather was less than stellar, but our grain dryer really came through for us this year, and kept us rolling on days when most weren’t able to combine. In order for the grain to withstand storage through the winter until it’s time to sell, it needs to be at a certain moisture percentage. Too wet (or tough), and the grain will heat or spoil, and will render it unable to be sold. Also if the crop itself is too wet (either when it’s cut, or standing), it will reek havoc on the combine. Plugging a big machine like that is no fun, as my husband can attest. And I even took my turn in the combine this year for a few hours, so my husband could have a rest (in the “buddy seat” as I’m still intimidated by big expensive machinery).
Winter came early for us and hopefully is just a short bout before fall returns. We still have 2 groups of cows out on pasture and about 100 acres of canola still left to harvest. Fortunately our canola is cut and laying the the swath, so if the snow doesn’t melt, we will be able to harvest it in the spring. Our cows, well, we’re just waiting for the ground to freeze or dry up a bit until we can get a trailer in to load them. In the meantime they have forage and water available to them. I spoil the cows and bring them treats (grain) too.
Here are some photos of the past month and a half: