I haven't been able to keep up with the daily blog posts as I was hoping, as I've been more busy than planned. I hope to do so soon!
Today Travis and I moved bales from his place to the main farm, due to running on low reserves of hay at the main farm. The image below, is all that remains of our hay crop from 2015. Handy, because we are about to run out just as we are about to harvest first crop this year. We have also finally reached corn silage in the harvestore at Travis's, which we put in ten feet in 2013. We have discussed interest in chopping hay for silage at some point in the future.
We aren't sure when we're going to be able to get out and start cutting hay at this point as they're saying rain every other day in the forecast. I'm using a bale and a half per week at my place and Travis is using a bale every other day for his cows. Moving cows to pasture is imminent.
In the morning I went to the FSA office to finish signing up for ARC payments, which is government assistance taken from certain acres that were originally registered in the 1950's. If your acres weren't registered over 60 years ago, you can't apply for government assistance on those acres as the government hasn't allowed them to be updated since then. Fair, right? ARC payments vary depending on revenue loss determined at the county level. I have yet to know whether I will be getting a payment from last year, which the previous year's payments usually get paid out in the fall.
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A Midwestern Farmer teaching those who weren't born on the farm what the farming life is like.
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