Spring has Sprung

The birds are chirping, the flowers are growing, and new life is born in the country, what an exciting time in the country!  It’s April 18th and by now if you live in Minnesota or surrounding states you certainly know that farmer’s are hard at work, #plant16 is off and going strong!  My in-laws starting picking rock and digging up their fields early last week and are working on putting on anhydrous ammonia in preparation to start planting seed corn.  This is pretty early in the spring season to get started planting cofrn, but with the warm summer like temperatures, it’s hard not to put some corn in the ground.  Many farmers have already planted their small grains like wheat, oats, etc.

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My Brother-in-law digging up our field

As the seeds get sown the cow/calf operators are finishing up their calving crops for the year and working on keeping the calves strong and healthy.  Many times  the livestock operators also do cash crops and are busy doing a bunch of different jobs.  What a busy, but exciting time of year.  The farm families are helping where needed too; giving rides to fields, providing meals to hungry hard working souls, and burning the bridge at both ends.

Yes farmers hate being so busy and working the long hours, but in other ways it’s one of their favorite times of years as it means new growth and a fresh start for the farm.

On our tiny farm we have started raising broiler chickens in late March and by Wednesday they will be 4 weeks old with only 4 weeks left until they are ready for market.  It’s so fun seeing the chicks grow from week to week.  I’ve been taking a picture of them at each week of life and the changes they make are gigantic.

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If you are ever in need of chicken please contact me and I’ll try and work you on to our buying list.  They go quickly so the sooner I know you’re interested the better.

Also at our place we are finishing up our lamb foster care service for the year.  We currently have four lambs left and a few of them are probably ready to go back to their owner, but please don’t tell my wife Karla!

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Our youngest ewe lamb named Annalyssa 

As you can see there are tons of exciting things happening around the area in the agricultural industry.  The excitement has been brewing for a wile and now the time has come to “get to work”.  What a great tie of year!  Please as you see people in the ag industry thank them for feeding your family and be safe when traveling the roads with their equipment.  I hope that everyone has a safe and prosperous spring and may your crop be plentiful and great.

Christmas in the Country- A Lil Fun!

Greetings internet world from our little farm here in Randolph, MN!  As I get better at this whole “blogging” thing I have learned that there is a huge network of great bloggers on everything agricultural related in Minnesota and through out the United States.  As a part of this network, I decided to take part in Christmas in the Country Gift Exchange 2015.

As a part of that gift exchange, each person in that exchange buys a gift for a blogger that we are selected.  I was given Jenny Schweigert who runs a site called The Magic Farm House I found out that she enjoys cooking and decided that who wouldn’t want a cookbook full of great recipes from Minnesota?  So I decided to get her the Minnesota Hotdish cookbook.  I hope she enjoys the recipes in it and has fun cooking them for her family.

The best part about being in this gift exchange was receiving a package from a Rebekah Gustafson in Wisconsin.  It was a rather large package and I was pretty excited to open it up and see what was inside!  This is what I found!

20151215_162143Merry Christmas to me!  What a great box full of goodies; from the nice tape measure, fun new games (Farkle and For Get It) which got played a lot during family Christmas get together, the toy John Deere tractor, large beer mug, and last but definitely not least, the thermal socks.  Now for those of you that know me well can get a good chuckle out of the socks.  Although my prosthetic feet and legs may get cold, I really can’t feel it, so it really made me laugh when I saw them in the box.  Rebekah, I hope you don’t mind me re-gifting these socks to my dad who may get a little more use out of them?!

Thank you Rebekah for the great and thoughtful gifts; I look forward to keeping up with your blog Cooped Up Creativity and finding out more about your family, and farm.  What a great way this exchange has been to find new “friends” via the internet and share the Christmas spirit with others across the U.S.A.

A great big thank you to the Lara Duban from My Other Exciting Self who does a great job coordinating Christmas in the Country.  #CITC2015

I look forward to doing this again next year and encourage others to try it for themselves.

Have a great day,

Brian – Lil Ass Farm