Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Welcome to the busy season!

It's sure been busy around here lately! Spring is generally pretty busy on and off the farm, but it seems to be extra busy this year.

Applying Round Up to the fields (don't you just love that view of Mt Rainier?!)
Crop farmers are making last minute adjustments to equipment and making sure everything is ready to rock and roll for planting in the coming weeks. When they can get out into the fields, they are spreading manure (lots of valuable nutrients for the soil...also reduces the amount of chemical fertilizers that need to be applied) and applying anhydrous (nitrogen) for the corn. The weather is extremely unpredictable and this can drive farmers crazy. There's no point in trying to plan since the weather can change everything in an instant. Planting is busy, but in my experience doesn't even compare to the craziness that is harvest time. Cooking with the Crock Pot comes in handy right about now when you have no time, but need a delicious meal to feed everyone.

Disking the field

Many dairy farmers are also crop farmers, so in addition to the excitement to get out into the fields, they are still milking cows two or three times a day, feeding animals and taking care of routine chores around the farm. It never stops. There's always something to do, and just when you think you get a break, an animal gets sick or equipment breaks. It definitely keeps you on your toes and that's what I love about it.

I think these two wanted to come down into the milking parlor with us!
I haven't blogged much in the last few weeks. Work has been extra crazy with all of the travel to see the farmers I work with before they get out into the fields. Once planting starts, they won't talk to you unless you are in a tractor, and while that sounds like a lot of fun to me, I'd rather not bother them so I try to get everything done beforehand. Throw in the Easter holiday and the farming fun that weekend brought and I can hardly believe we are half way through April (and 1/3 of the way through the year!!).

I've been cooking up a storm with my Crock Pot lately. Those busy days and late nights leave little time for cooking with anything else. The taco chicken bowls were by far my favorite, but the honey mustard pork tenderloin was a close second. Yum!!

Now that it's (hopefully!) stopped freezing, I'm excited to start planting some flowers. Now if only I can find a few hours! Maybe this weekend...more on that later!

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