A bull a hole and a breakdown





Harvest breakdown



Small break down on corn head. It’s a quick fix and we’re back in the field.

Yield monitor from one of the fields we finished today.

Sandbagging A Flood

After the record amount of rain fall in northern Illinois last week, we decided to go help sandbag the flooding Illinois River in Pike County. Bill and I helped sandbag in the ’93 floods. The kids sandbagged when the rivers flooded in 2008. (look how cute they were back then) So we knew what to expect. We believe we should volunteer to help the farms and small towns that receive the brunt of the flood damage.

Since it was raining again, the bags were filled in a machine shed. We took our bucket seats and stack of bags and started filling them with sand.

sandbagging Illinois flood

Each bag needs to be tied and knotted to stay closed during transport.

sandbag flooding

After a few hours of tying the bags, it can make your fingers raw. William brought some white medical tape to wrap around our fingers. He gave some to the guys from the work camp who have been working here a couple of days.

sandbagging flood

After the bags pile up, they are loaded onto a tractor which then loads up a truck that will take them to a levee.

loading sandbags for river

This shot is from the bridge over Illinois River at Meredosia. The sandbags are being used at this grain terminal where barges are loaded.

sandbags on river

Finally, here is a video of the guys loading up the sand bags.

Next time you hear a request for sandbag volunteers, I hope you find the time to help out some fellow farmers.

Crazy Spring Weather

Weather. Can’t control it. Can’t live without it.

It’s never boring on the farm unless you are working ground or on the 20th day in the combine or doing bookwork. Anyway here is what we’ve been up to since the last post. And welcome to all the new subscribers. So glad you want to follow along.

seed corn delivered

We got our fist load of seed corn delivered. Dang it was cold that day.

fireworks store

Judi spoke at Missouri State to a ag business class about websites. William had to stop here on the way home for the kids.

bella lakelandBella placed 2nd individual overall in questions at the Lakeland Community College livestock judging contest. The team placed 2nd overall also which included Theo.

snow formationWe had a lovely late season snow. Bella’s classes at LLCC were even cancelled.

forage institute

Judi and the boys went to Blackhawk College to the forage institute.

disking ruts

William is disking in ruts around the new barn.

spring planting small seed

April 4 we planted waterways and filter strips at the Hagney Road farm. We also sowed seed around the new barn and the hay field there.

Next I’ll post a video we took sowing filter strips.

barn at easterEaster Sunday. Putting in silage for the cattle. Z is watering the trees they just planted. Just need some green grass and the picture would be perfect.