RURAL ROUTE 4: The Son Show makes my mom proud |  Mason City and Northern Iowa

RURAL ROUTE 4: The Son Show makes my mom proud | Mason City and Northern Iowa

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Today (Monday, September 19, 2022), my oldest son is doing something that makes me proud. He’s following in the family’s footsteps, teaching Ag beef production at a Fairgrounds event.

This event was called Ag in Class and was held at various different schools in the area every year. Rob used to be a cowboy, telling his funny story of beef production to hundreds of kids. Now it takes place at the fairgrounds, and every third grader in the Davenport School District attends. It is developed by volunteer farmers at the Farm Bureau and teaches children all aspects of farming.

Alex was asked to bring the beef cattle he showed to 4-H at the show and told a little bit about beef production from his point of view. This weekend, he pulled his 4-H wheel of the year and one of his cows from the pasture and cleaned them up to hit the fairgrounds for the event. Fortunately, these are the ones who went or were going to the show this summer, so they still remember how to walk on a halter! I really look forward to hearing how his day went. He definitely knows what he’s talking about – he’s been involved in beef production since before he was born! He is also a good speaker, and has gained a lot of experience during our 4-H and Open Farm days.

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You may remember that my youngest son, Isaac, gave Ag Day presentations at his former elementary school last spring. Talk about his bunnies and show them to all the children, answering the questions. He also has a lot of knowledge from raising his own rabbit herd and speaking experience from 4-H and Open Farm. During the first COVID spring when schools closed, both boys also gave virtual Ag Day presentations to Blue Grass School about rabbits and our pigs. I am really proud that they are both willing to talk about cultivation and what they are doing, and that they are not afraid to speak in front of groups of people.

Besides ag education, we are all set to start the fall harvest. Recent edits to the merge have been completed. All tractors are ready to roll, as are the semi-trailer and auger cart. We have some very early contracts to deliver some corn to Muscat, so we’ll start as soon as the ground dries up a bit from that last rain. We don’t usually start harvesting corn very early, but when you can get an early contract that pays off well, it may be worth it.

I hope the first couple of days goes well – there is always a concern that something won’t work right when the harvest begins. After the first day or two, things seem to stabilize, kinks are worked out, and the serious work of harvesting can begin. Then the harvest won’t stop until the grain runs out of space, or it rains again. Once this early corn is harvested, we’ll move on to soybeans and then back to corn. Soybeans are usually ready to harvest before the corn, although in some years the weather makes this a little different.

I think it’s time to stock up on field snacks and start thinking about field meals to prepare for the crew. There are many days and nights where they can just stop in for a quick bite before jumping back in the jar or combine. Sometimes they eat in jars or jars, and all I do is wave after I pass the food. However, it is worth it, to produce food and work together as a large family. Watch social media for posts tagged with #Harvest22 or #Harvest 2022, as they will soon begin appearing from farmers across the country. We really think #AmericaNeedsFarmers. #FarmStrong

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