Farm Life

Harvest {2015} is Here!

Let’s start off this post with one of my favorite jokes… Because you should always have something to make you laugh, or at the very least make you crack a smile during your day! (Also, with the temps staying so incredibly hot, I felt it appropriate to share a joke about an animal that would live in much colder temps!)

What do you call a polar bear wearing ear muffs?!?!

Wait for it….Wait for it…..

I guess you will have to read on to find out the answer!

So back to the original point of this post! Friday, August 14, marked the first official day of Summer Harvest 2015.  To get this season started off appropriately, Will and I went out for one last night out together on Thursday before his days pretty much become nothing but “farm!”  We went to Kathryn’s on Moon Lake and had a wonderful meal, wine, and of course dessert!  (Will even realized I was not going to share mine and ordered his own, without me saying it!)

   As you can see, the Ducktail Fudge for dessert was fantastic!

During Summer Harvest, King Farms will cut their corn, rice, and soybeans.  Right now a lot of their corn is ready so that is what you will see to follow.  The rice fields safe starting to be drained so the rice will begin to dry out and some of the beans are actually still getting some water. (They are the beans that were planted in place of the wheat they cut.)

Since I do not work on Saturdays any longer (cheers to that!) I went out to the farm to see Will for lunch and to see everything happening.

Here is their granary.  They have actually added several more grain bins since last summer, so it has grown quite a bit if you have not seen it recently.

We then went to have lunch where pretty much all the farmers frequent during this time if they are near-by: Wabash.

 It really is just a small convenience and tackle store, but they do have a kitchen and serve sandwiches, chicken strips, salads, breakfast, and even plate lunches Monday through Friday.  Will eats lunch here most days and on a lot of their later nights on the farm they will get the guys dinner from here. (They’re a Sysco customer too, so of course that is a bonus!) Oh, and that’s Will’s every day attire for work, in case you were wondering what he as a farmer may wear! Sometimes the shorts are camo shorts.)

From lunch we went on to one of the corn fields being cut.

 To really give you the full effect, I made a couple of videos as well.



That’s about twelve rows of corn it cuts down at once.  At the end of a row, the combine (the thing cutting corn) will empty out:

 At some point an 18- Wheeler will come by and get the corn from the tractor you see of the left and take it to the granary to finish drying out or to be stored until the sell it.

Now that you know all about harvesting corn, I’m guessing you’re still curious about the answer to my joke at the beginning of this post!

What do you call a polar bear wearing ear muffs??!

Anything you want to!  He can’t hear you!!!

(You know you at least smiled!)
Oh?  What am I currently baking?  Well most recently I baked some cupcakes for these awesome co-workers from my old territory with Sysco.  At the beginning of July, they helped to cover my accounts while I was out of town!  (Lyndsey- I may have used your pictures!)


Now I have about 250 cupcake-sized pies to make for Tuesday!  But first, time to make dinner!

Thanks for reading!!

4 thoughts on “Harvest {2015} is Here!”

  1. Sounds like a very busy month of harvesting. Send us pictures of the rice harvest when Will is able to work on that project. I’m curious to see those harvest pictures. Our area does mostly corn, wheat and soybeans….no rice. I believe rice and cotton are done in the Missouri Bootheel. Sorry to hear that your weather is so hot. We are having another wet and cool summer. Temperatures in the 80s and 90s but not in the 100s. The heat index (HI) claims to be 104 – 106 on some of those days. We received just over 5″ of rain in July and 3″ of rain, so far, this month. We continue to enjoy all your pictures.

    Cathy & Joseph


  2. I’m interested to find out how you get all of the grain out of the bins after it has been stored, or are there hundreds of pounds that never get out of the bottom of them?
    I’d like to see the rice harvest too as you go out in the flat bottom boats and canoes, and shake the rice grains loose into the bottom of the boats…, just like the Indians harvested Wild Rice years ago. Do you have to bring Indians in from Minnesota to do this harvesting and to train others? Laugh!


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