I started driving the combine when I was pregnant with our oldest. At that time we used nothing but tractors and gravity wagons or a flat bed truck to haul the grain at harvest. So William relieved me of climbing in and out of tractors and struggling to open wagon doors at the bins. Since then I have driven the combine and he drives the semi or straight truck. We did start out with International Harvesters. And drove different models for about 15 years. But because of circumstance we have switched to John Deere. We haven’t regretted it. The biggest difference besides the ease of switching heads was the yield monitor. I am finally getting the hang of it. That is ’til next fall when I have to remember all the settings from last fall. You can read all about our adventures in farming here. Since farm life is centered around bringing in the crop, it is a year-round pursuit.
Following this blog, you will learn all about grain farming and raising cattle in the mid-west. I will be writing about the good and the bad aspects of farm life. Being dependent on weather and commodity markets for a living is not for the faint of heart by any means. It is not a glamorous life but it is never boring. (Well, driving a combine back and forth for 12 hours a day for two months can get a little tedious.) I would love it if you would join me. It should prove interesting.