Summer vacation is ending, but I am thinking we forgot to have summer. We can probably count on one hand the number of true summer days we had this year. School starts up this coming week, thus making our days a little busier. This weekend we are finishing the high tunnel prep for the tomatoes. We will be planting 350 very nice 6 week old seedlings on Sunday. Our irrigation system is today's project (Saturday). Yesterday marked phase 2 of 3 for our synchronization program. We are aligning some heifers to breed. They will be bred on Monday at 10 am. We also have our second crop of hay to harvest on Sunday. I mowed it last night, we will let it dry all day today and should be in business to bale on Sunday. I expect about 300 bales from my side and the same from my grandfather's. It turned out to be some nice grass. Tuesday we travel to Rock Springs to attend Ag Progress Days. It is a very large farm show geared toward the producer. There are many tents with sales reps and lots of demonstrations. It is affiliated with Penn State's college of Ag Sciences, so they also offer tour of their facilities and trials. It is a yearly venture for David and I. Kind of like our "vacation" since we never get a summer trip as we are always busiest with animals in the summer.
I am back to school on Wednesday, so animals get moved and fed early in the morning. I don't like working in the dark, but I have not convinced the school that my fourth graders should be dropped off at the farm to do chores with me as part of the curriculum. I think it would be highly beneficial for them.
Our corn had a fantastic year. The sweet corn is superb. I would not hesitate to say it is some of the best in the county! Although I have not had anyone else's. Our silage corn is also performing greatly. We should be chopping in early September.
After a month's vacation our layers have finally come back. Half of our flock decided to molt and our production plummeted. They have returned, so our eggs are again plentiful.