Thursday, September 22, 2016

First day of Fall

2015 calf crop post weaning
Tuff and the pumpkins he helped herd in 2015
Today is the first official day of fall!! For those of us involved in agriculture, fall is so much more than football games and pumpkin spice lattes.  
Load up the car and take a drive in the country – you will see changing leaves, corn and bean fields drying up, milo fields turning that pretty shade of burgundy, and big calves hanging out with their mommas for just a few more days.
I know that here in Tripp County, farmers and ranchers are busy giving calves fall shots, hauling hay home, getting combines ready for fall harvest and making plans to wean and sell calves. This is one of our busiest seasons, and can be the most rewarding. You get to see that all the hard work you put in is worth it when the combines are rolling through the fields, or when you contemplate all the hay bales you have to haul in. I
t makes the days you spent during calving wondering if your toes were frozen feel insignificant when those same calves run across the scale on weaning day.
Hopefully all that hard work pays off with decent commodity prices and a good day at the sale barn when you sell calves.
Happy harvest– and folks, if you are following farm equipment, semi-trucks, or cattle down the road drive smart so we all get home safe.