Signs of an early harvest – The Webb family

The threat of severe weather last week had us scrambling to get everything parked in the barn before nightfall. It’s that time of year again. It’s probably a good thing that farmers are optimistic, especially considering that in the last 18 months we’ve experienced record cold, record heat, record drought, and record flooding. In our area, the old saying of “don’t count your chickens before they hatch,” has been ringing true. Of all of the various tasks that come with our job, risk management is probably among the most critical. I think having the opportunity to carry insurance on our grain crops is very important to the longevity of our operations, especially with the never ending increase in our cost of production. I know when we pay our premiums that it seems expensive, but losing the money we spend to grow a crop would take several years of net profit to recover without a safety net below us. As our legislators shape our farm policies, I continue to hope they will appreciate the amount of risks we are willing to take to successfully provide food and fiber for our nation and the world.

We were able to get two groups of cows and calves worked over the last couple of weeks. The weather was certainly nice to be working outside. Along with everything else

Loading cattle to take home to our working facilities.

being early this spring, the flies are early too. We poured fly dope on both the cows and calves and put a fly ear tag in each of the calves. It’s almost miraculous to see the flies just “disappear” by the time we’re finished working the cattle. I was pleased to see the good growth on the calves and the good shape the momma’s are carrying into the spring.

Our sons applying fly dope to our cattle to cut down on fly problems this spring.

We started custom wicking feral rye in wheat fields a few days ago. We’ve got about two weeks worth of custom hire lined up so far. We plan to start swathing our hay this week. It’s a busy time of year.

We generally start cutting wheat around the 4th of June and it looks like this year we might be finished cutting wheat by then if things continue to remain so far ahead of schedule. Only once do I remember cutting wheat in May.

Clayton has built up over 40 hours of flight time now toward his helicopter license. He will soon take his written test and then solo for the first time. We are excited with him as he progresses. Wade has 3 baseball games in a tournament at Ringwood this week.

Our son, Clayton, taking another helicopter lesson with his instructor.

Our son, Wade, pitching at a baseball game in Calumet.

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