|This would be yesterday on the way home from Sioux Falls.|
|This would be today on the way home from Marshall. If anyone knows my sweet boy, he NEVER sleeps in the car. And typical Aubrey....|
Along with kids activities, let us also bid adieu to an activity on the farm that I never had the pleasure of experiencing until I married the farmer and moved to southwest Minnesota.
|Raise your hand if you know what's going on here!?|
Rock picking. (Be honest - who just made a funny face and/or shuddered when they read that?? I don't blame you.) Yes.....walking/riding through fields and picking up rocks - just as the name implies. Growing up in north central Iowa, with their beautiful flat, black-dirt fields, rock picking was not something I had the pleasure of partaking in. Riding beans, yes. Rocking picking, no. Since many of my years here in SW MN were spent with tiny babies or our small legion of toddlers, this was the first year we all tried to pitch in with this glorious chore. Luckily, the father-in-law is a super trooper and still enjoys(??)helping. And we have the farmers sister and her family who are just clamoring to help too! (Is there a sarcasm font??) But that is the great thing about family and farming. They are willing to pitch in and help when needed - and we are grateful!
All this being said, we must mark the occasion of the kids first time "helping."
|The future full-time rocking picking crew out for their first run!|
And a few more of the how the day went - you draw your own conclusions.
|Wesley was having a hard time staying awake at this point.|
|And this....this is just Aubrey. She blew that whistle every time we stopped for a rock-I'll let you imagine how fun that was. And this was her pile of "keepers" - her favorite part of the day!|
All kidding aside, it is an important job around these parts. These rocks are not pebbles - we're talking some that have to be dug out with a skid loader, or even a backhoe in some cases! It is important to get the majority picked up and out of the field as they can cause some damage to our equipment if one gets hit. Our planter, tillage equipment or the bean head on the combine....all can cause costly repairs and also lost time during important seasons of the growing year. So it's kind of a sucky chore, but one that is important. I'm just glad this baby was on HIS side of the Ranger that morning. :)
Along with rock picking, June brought side dressing nitrogen on our corn acres, spraying all our corn and bean acres, cutting road ditches along with hauling many loads of grain to fill our contracts at local elevators. Along with many, many other farm activities.
And with our crops looking so nice, June also brought mowing. Lots and lots of mowing for me. If that's the price to pay for moisture and a great start to our crop, it's one I'm willing to pay!
Who out there has good rock picking stories or memories?? Or is just glad June is over? Up and onward to July!