Amber Waves of…Corn?

| October 12, 2011

Whoever thought corn could be so pretty?  Probably only those who grow it, yes?  As you may recall, this is our first year for a field corn crop here at the Prairie Farmstead.  Previous years have yielded alfalfa.  I won’t hesitate to say I much prefer the corn.  Mostly, because we haven’t had to lift [...]

Little Rescue Missions

| June 24, 2011

We’re a live-and-let-live kind of people here on the Prairie Farmstead, plus I have a really tender heart when it comes to nature’s critters.  I stop the mower for snake and toad crossings, and I worry about ‘my’ little birds when a big storm rolls through. Back on Monday, May 30, we experienced some ‘special’ [...]

Signs of Life

| May 21, 2011

I thought I would take some time this morning to share with you a little bit of what’s been happening around the Farmstead over the past couple of weeks.  After our bout of record-breaking hot weather, things cooled back off and the rains came.  A little bit of warm weather, water and sunshine is all [...]

Friday Farmstead Report ~ 28 May

| May 30, 2010

…on Sunday.  I’m not getting any better at this, am I?  It’s quite obvious spring sprung a few weeks ago ~ all the country critters are active, and so are we.  However, not a lot of it was aimed at farming this week.  Our schedules and the weather had other plans. Nonetheless, the farmstead plants [...]

Friday Farmstead Report ~ 21 May

| May 22, 2010

Well, gracious.  I know I likely sound like a broken record, but I really am amazed at how quickly time is passing.  Not only am I a day late for this Friday’s report, but I seem to have misplaced an entire week in between. Although the actual ‘farming’ report will seem scarce this time, things [...]

Friday Farmstead Report ~ 07 May

| May 7, 2010

It was a fairly typical busy week here at the farmstead.  Last weekend, Darling Husbie and I worked on painting half of his shop floor with epoxy.  We weren’t satisfied with the results, so Monday I decided to give the 1,200 sf a second coating while Husbie was at work.  [More photos of the shop [...]

Drifting Through January

| January 13, 2010

After experiencing two blizzards and record-breaking snowfall in December, followed by record-breaking sub-zero temperatures the first half of January, it seems we are having a heat wave!  The forecast for the next week calls for temperatures in the low 40′s ~ even the lows are warmer [much warmer] than the highs were a week ago.  [...]

The Final Cut

| September 26, 2009

Last Sunday was a busy day here at the Farmstead.  Thursday prior, Darling Husbie had a little fun with Winston the Windrower.  Winston made his first cut, but the fourth and final cut of the season, in the main alfalfa field.  He performed flawlessly. Husbie had been using Winston to cut the small alfalfa pasture [...]

Sometimes Ya Just Can’t Co-Exist

| August 19, 2009

If there’s one thing we try to do out here on the farmstead, it’s to respect and co-exist with the critters that share our land.  With the exception of the snapping turtle crossing the front yard last summer, we’ve done pretty well at commingling with our critters ~ until this past weekend, that is. The [...]

Prairie Farmstead Mascot

| August 17, 2009

After a year and a half, the Prairie Farmstead finally has a mascot!  It’s perfect ~ it’s a tractor with Farmer Dude, and it twirls and spins when the wind blows…which, in Nebraska, it’s easier to count the days it doesn’t blow. Our mascot arrived in a surprise package from Arizona ~ making it even [...]