Wheat Worry

Matthew 6:34

This morning my husband seemed to be a little weary-eyed. I asked what was wrong. He responded, “I was up all night checking on the temperature”. We’ve had some abnormal temperatures in our area over the last few days, with temperatures dipping down into the low 20’s at night. When your a wheat farmer, this is not good. Our wheat has entered the jointed stage, shown below.

 

Picture showing wheat in the jointing stage.

Picture showing wheat in the jointing stage.

 

Any temperature below 24 degrees could cause the wheat to freeze, and thus die. We’re hoping that has not happened, but we won’t know for sure, just yet. Here’s a picture I took this morning in one of our fields.

Picture of wheat in our fields.

Picture of wheat in our fields.

We’ll check again in a few days. If if looks wilted, we’ll know it has been frozen. So the only thing we can do is trust in the Lord, for only he knows what will happen. So if you’re overwhelmed with the pressures of daily life, take time to pray, and let God handle your worries for you. Until next time, Blessings!

Karra

Heavy Heart

God says, ” I have loved you with a love that will last forever.  That is why I have continued showing you kindness.”  Jeremiah 31:3. 

This morning as I was going about the house doing my morning chores, I was pondering the words I heard yesterday during our church service.  ” Who doesn’t want to know they’re loved by God?”  This phrase is so true.  After seeing the tragic events unfold today in Boston, it makes my heart ache even more for those who have not yet experienced God’s love.  I know that I don’t always do the best job of sharing my faith with others, but I feel we, as Christians, must reach out.  Our country and world are counting on us.  So what do you say?  Let’s all try and do a better job of sharing God’s love! 

Barbeque Beef

I have found this go-to recipe very easy to make, especially on days like today when I have to check cows and help build a sheep shed.

Barbeque Beef
3-4 lb. Beef Roast
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 small onion, chopped
1 can green chilies
1/4 C cider vinegar
1/2 C brown sugar
1 Tbsp Chili powder
1 tbsp Worchestire Sauce
1 tsp Dry Mustard
2 tsp Salt
2 cans Dr. Pepper
Combine all ingredients in crock pot. Cook on low for at least 8 hours. Enjoy!!!

Be Ag Wise Workshop

BeAgWise13I participated in my second Be Ag Wise workshop today. The lessons shared at these events can be used in the classroom to tie Agriculture in with core subjects such as Math, Science and Language Arts. We rotated through 11 different stations, each representing a “seasonal” theme. I’m hoping to be able to use them throughout the school year in various grade levels.

Visit to the Blythe Ranch on Anderson Cooper Live

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Anderson Cooper Live has been featuring visits to various farms and ranches across the country to raise awareness of how our food is produced.  This is a result of a partnership formed with the U.S Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.  Check out their website on http://www.fooddialogues.com

Kansas Agriculture Leads Us

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It’s Kansas Ag Week, so I thought I’d share a few Kansas Ag Facts with you:

– Agriculture is the number one industry in Kansas

– Kansas ranks #7 in total cash receipts from agriculture

– Kansas ranks in the top 15 producing states for Beef, Wheat, Corn, Soybeans, Hay, and Hogs

– Kansas is #1 in grain sorghum production

Sources: Economic Research Services (2009), U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (2010 Statistical Yearbook), Kansas Agricultural Statistics

 

What’s For Supper?

Are thinking about what’s for supper?  My son, Keaton had braces put on today, so he is on a somewhat restricted diet of soft foods.  So, I decided I would fix Old Fashioned Meatloaf and Party Potatoes for supper.  These are a couple of our family’s favorites, so thought I’d share them. 

Old Fashioned Meatloaf

2lb Ground Beef, 1 1/8 C Quick Oats, 1/2 C Ketchup, 1/4 C Chopped Onion, 2 Eggs, 1/1/2 tsp beef bouillon, and 1 Tbsp worcshestire Sauce.  Combine all of these and put in a shallow baking dish.  Make a well in the center (will look like a doughnut).  Cover with wax paper and cook on high in microwave for 13-15 minutes, rotating after 8 minutes (unless you have a rotating plate).  Remove and top with the following sauce: 1/2 C Ketchup, 1/4 C Brown Sugar, 1 1/2 tsp beef bouillon, 1 T lemon juice, 1/2 tsp dry mustard, and dash of worcshestire sauce.  Cook for an additional 3 minutes on high.  Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.

Party Potatoes

4 C mashed potatoes (8 to 10 large), 1 C sour cream, 1 package cream cheese, 1 tsp minced chives, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese.  In a large bowl combine potatoes, sour cream, chives, and garlic powder.  Turn into a greased 2 qt casserole dish.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-60 minutes.  Top with cheese and serve immediately. 

Hope you enjoy these as much as we do!!! 

Food and Farm Fact Friday

So, since I’m not very good at keeping my blog updated, I thought it would be really neat to try and post some food and farm facts every Friday. I’ll even try to include a recipe that either is one of our family favorites, or something new I’m planning to try. I’m still rather inexperienced at this whole blogging thing, but will eventually try to personalize it a little more. So here goes! Last week was National Farm Bureau Check-Out Week. The intent of this program is to bring attention to how the United States has the safest, most affordable, and most abundant food supply in the world. Our local Farm Bureau County Coordinator visited one of the local grocery stores and passed out free loaves of bread and gallons of milk, along with some facts to share with shoppers. Here are some of them:
* Bread (1 lb. loaf), Retail Price:$1.99, Farmer’s Share:$0.12
* Milk (1 gal. fat free, Retail Price:$3.79, Farmer’s Share:$1.38
* Cereal (18 oz.), Retail Price:$4.19, Farmer’s Share:$0.06
* The farmer’s share of the retail food dollar has been on the decline for more than 60 years. In 1950, farmers received more than 40 cents for every food dollar that consumers spent in the grocery store. Today, they receive a paltry 19 cents, and that 19 cents isn’t even pure profit—instead it’s put towards the many expenses of running a farm, such as seeds, machinery, fuel, and fertilizer. The farmers simply have to hope and pray that their yields and market prices are high enough to cover the costs. If not, they hope for a better year next year in order to pay off the loss-or worse, hang it up.
* Americans spend just 9.5% of their income on food—less than any other country
You have to ask yourself? Why do farmers continue to take the risk of not making a profit? They take pride in being able to help feed the world, and it’s a way of life they love. I have to admit, that is why I’m where I am today. I didn’t return to the family farm after leaving college, but missed the farming lifestyle a few years after living in an urban area. So, I set out to marry a farmer, and now I’m the Frontier Farmwife!!! Have a GREAT weekend! I’ll be posting a recipe on Monday instead of today for Ag Week! Make sure to check back!