If you drive across any Midwestern state right now, you'll see machine shed doors opened up, planters stirring up dust in the fields and jumbo-sized coffee mugs in the farmers' hands. It's planting time. What a privilege it is to be able to provide food for the world. What is corn used for? cornusesposter The … Continue reading Off to the Races! Corn Planting 2017
We have some happy cows on the Blomme farm right now. After a long winter, we turned some of our cow/calf pairs out to pasture last night. This might be one of the coolest sights of the whole year. After spending the last few months in barns to keep them protected and comfortable from Old … Continue reading The Grass IS Greener on the Other Side
In the spirit of Easter, here is an update on what's hoppin' on the Blomme farm these days. Planting Spring planting is knocking on our door so there is a lot of excitement as well as nervousness in the air. Depending on where you live, some farmers have started planting already. Others are waiting for … Continue reading What’s Hoppin’ on the Farm
Farmers use a variety of tools each year to help grow an abundant crop. Have you ever wondered just what exactly farmers are putting in the ground and why they are using these substances? I'll try to shed some light on what actually goes on out in our fields. After reading this, I hope you … Continue reading Farming With Fertilizers
The baby calves were dry and cozy today as their moms ate some hay and silage in the rain.
Does my beef have hormones in it? Yes, it sure does. And do you know what else has hormones in it? Everything that grows. Meat from animals and plant foods all have hormones in them. Salt is the only food we consume that does not have hormones in it. So, yes, the beef that we … Continue reading Hormones in Beef
Recent wildfires have completely devastated farms and ranches in areas of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Farmers have watched their entire life's work go up in flames. Some farmers even lost their lives trying to save their livestock. In the midst of this horrific event, something else has been spreading like wildfire . . . support, … Continue reading Spreading Like Wildfire
A week ago today, we were doing field work and the very next day we were pushing snow. I'm not sure who is more confused with this winter's weather . . . our cattle or our kids. One day my kids are able to go with jackets only and the very next day their mean … Continue reading This Week in Pictures
Hearing the words, "Honey . . . I'm going to the field," bring on much different emotions now that I'm a mom of three littles. Before kids, when it was time to go to the field, I was behind the wheel of the tractor helping with the task at hand. But now, with three kids … Continue reading Honey . . . I’m going to the field.
When you raise livestock, the circle of life is always in front of you. Calving season in particular brings the miracle of birth and the reality of death front and center. Unfortunately, the past week has been a little heavy on the latter. If you remember, a few posts back, I wrote about a heifer … Continue reading Life Lessons on the Farm