This has been a different summer than we have had the past several years.
Recently, some areas around us have received almost 5 inches of rain. Here at our place, we have gotten 1.20 inches.
The pastures are in great shape and the cattle are looking great.
Since it has been wetter, we are seeing more cases of foot rot.
We have grown more grass this year than the last two years combined. The grasses have almost completely recovered from the years of drought.
The buffalo grass is still filling places that died out.
Wheat yields in this area were all over the place. The spots winter-killed got weedy if harvest was delayed at all.
Some areas that caught timely rains and had little winterkill had outstanding yields.
Now, if the price would just improve, farmers would feel a lot better.
Ranchers are starting to give pre-weaning shots. We had a few calves getting sick, so we gave shots a little earlier than we normally do.
We are going to try using the weaning flaps on the calves and see how that works.
Our neighbor used them last year and thought that was the easiest his calves ever weaned.
Anything to reduce the stress has to be a good thing.
It does mean an extra trip through the chute.
Farmers are gearing up to start planting wheat around Sept. 15.
A few like to plant earlier than that.
I am trying to decide what varieties to plant.
I had Mint and Tam 111 this year, and the Tam seemed to winter-kill much more that the Mint.
There are some newer varieties that are doing well, so I may try one of them.
I had been fortunate to get the first two cuttings of alfalfa put up without getting it wet.
Not true for the third cutting.
We had raked two windrows together and a strong wind hit, so I had to do it all over again.
Then rain and baler breakdowns delayed things more. This cutting won’t be very good quality.
A big event happened Aug. 13.
Our daughter, Brenda, and her husband, Levi, had a baby girl (their first). Since they live about 300 yards from us,
I think she may get a little spoiled by us. We are blessed to have them so close.
Our other two grandchildren are 800 miles away.
The fall crops look very good.
The early milo is starting to turn, and some dryland corn is starting to dry down, so busy times are fast approaching.
I wish you all a safe harvest and that the calves weigh better than expected.
Lynn Kirkham, his wife and youngest daughter and her husband farm and ranch in western Logan County. He started ranching and farming with his father in 1972 and bought his uncle’s farm and ranch in 1975.