I am back to trying to blog. I am ready to do this thing as regularly as I can, because boy do I like writing. Here are some random thoughts on this Tuesday. We are three weeks into Jody working his new job and things are going fairly smoothly. We have adjusted to the changes it brings on the farm. I haven’t been able to see my husband nearly as much as I like, but I know he likes staying busy. A typical day has now gotten even busier, even busier than before. I now have to get my youngest up and drop him off, before I can head to work. It adds a few minutes onto my day, but I enjoy the time with him. I am trying to savor every minute, because this Fall he will be in preschool. That will be a hard day for this Mama.
One thing my husband and I have been doing, is checking our fields. I added this picture of us checking the fields in the Fall, since I haven’t taken any pictures this year. We have to see what kind of stand we have and what kind of weeds are growing. How many husband and wives do you know pull up weeds, then sit around talking about and staring at the weed? And I do mean the kind of weeds that grow in a crop that is not the crop. This is an important step in crop management, because then my hubby knows how much and what to spray. This is also based on the crop that is growing, we have barley and wheat this year. My hubby has been spraying over the last few weeks and will probably have to spray again before harvest. It keeps him busy. He will also be working on some of our equipment so that it will be ready to go.
I have an unhealthy obsession with sweet potatoes that are clean and in a box. I like to take pictures of them. I find it so beautiful to look at something that we grew and how much hard work went into them. We still have a lot of potatoes left from last year. Most of them look really rough, so they will end up being pig food. Hopefully this year, we get more rain and the heat isn’t as bad. We have had some good weather the last couple of weeks and it has me itching to plant something. I can’t wait to get back out there and smell some dirt. (Another thing that makes me weird)
As crazy and as busy as 2016 was, 2017 will be even more. This year will be a year of change for us and it is a change that I am very happy about. I just can´t tell you guys about everything all at once. Let me tell you about what has been happening the beginning of this year, on Circle C Farms. Cooper has been playing basketball and is loving every minute of it. The other two boys wish that they were doing basketball. I have been working non stop and working on organizing paper work. There has also been a lot of spraying going on. We have to get put out herbicide and fertilizer on all our spring crops. Probably the biggest thing was that, Jody went to the Sweet Potato conference and met the governor, Roy Cooper. I find it really awesome that Roy Cooper came out to the national sweet potato conference to talk with NC farmers. Even better that my husband bumped in to him and shook his hand. They even got to talk for a few minutes. But that isn’t even the biggest news that we have for the month. Our big news is……. Jody went back to full time work. Yeah it isn’t very exciting, but for us this is a huge deal. It just felt like this was the right time to make some transitions. We just both felt like God was opening this door up for us for a reason. When Jody originally quit full time work, we needed someone to watch our kids. We had three little ones at home and we couldn’t afford day care. It just fit. We couldn’t live on his salary alone, but we could live on mine with some farm income. So it has worked and it has worked well. Jody has been able to watch our boys, take them to doctor visits, ride them on tractors, and be at the school any time they needed him. Only now with two of them in school, he has been freed up some to be able to go back to work. If all things work out our youngest will be in school this fall and there won’t be any little ones at home anymore. This just opens up a lot of possibilities. Now for the future of Circle C Farms, well it is definitely going to go on. Honestly I don´t think much is going to change with our farm. We have decided to only grow 5 acres of sweet potatoes. We know that we can plant 5 acres in 2 days and hopefully will be able to harvest in just a few days. We plan on row cropping about the same amount as last year. So really the biggest difference is now my husband gets an earlier start every day and is starting to get in the bed earlier. I am already looking ahead to March and how busy it will be. It still amazes me that some people think farmers can take time off. Somehow we stay incredibly busy no matter what time of the year it is.
Working on our third storage trailer.
Jody in our new trailer with lights, heat, and air. We are high tech now!
Wow 2016 really flew by. I had all these good intentions of keeping my blog up and then it didn’t happen. I can tell you that we had an extremely busy year. It was filled with lots of farming and family time. My kids grew so much and so did our crops. All in all the year was a pretty good one. The weather could have definitely been better, we are still in the middle of a drought. Many farmers in our area struggled to make much of a crop and we were in the same boat. We had one field of corn that only grew as tall as our knees. It is so hard to watch something that you have worked so hard on, only grow as tall as your kids. Luckily the majority of our corn did just slightly below average. It wasn’t enough to brag about, but we had a good solid corn harvest. Our soy beans were about the same, we had a few fields that just didn’t do anything and some others that were good solid yields. It wasn’t the harvest that I had hoped for, but it was so much better than last year. The biggest disappointment was the sweet potatoes. We worked a lot during the spring growing our slips and then we spent a few days preparing and planting the field. Only once they were planted, they did not get any rain for an entire month. We lost about 90% of our crop at that point and we had to decide what to do. Most people would have plowed them up and just started over. We would have too if it hadn’t been for the fact that we had no way to get the slips that we needed to replant the entire field. After a lot of debate, we decided to plant over about half of the field. Plus we had to hope that we would start getting some rain. The whole process was very frustrating and a learning experience. We did end up harvesting some sweet potatoes and we had enough to supply our local customers. We didn’t send any potatoes to Asheville this year since the timing wasn’t right. The biggest thing that happened last year was the grant that we got that helped us to improve our operation. We added some more crates, another trailer, and a heat/air conditioning unit. It has helped us out so much to have more room and better heating and air. In the past we have ran drop cords from the house to the trailers and it just wasn’t efficient. We now have power out at the trailers so no more drop cords to the house. My awesome husband also put power and lights in two of the trailers, so we can do so much in the trailers. In the cold months we like to pack the boxes inside the trailers. The additional trailer has been helpful, because we have needed the extra storage. Once we sold all the potatoes out of the third trailer, we can use it to keep our boxes, scales, and tables out of the cold. I hate that I totally stopped blogging the last part of this year, but I honestly feel like this is the first moment I have had to sit down. Happy New Year to all!