We love fall in Ohio and on our farm. The weather today was absolutely beautiful in the 70's with a gentle breeze. September is our County Fair and we participate through the 4-H program and in some open classes as well. Our older daughter showed a feeder calf, a dairy steer, a meat goat and two pygmy goats. It made for a full week! We were very proud of her as she won a showmanship class, placed second in another and did well overall with all of her projects. Her feeder calf was in the market class finals, which made her very happy.
Now that the Fair is behind us we look ahead to fall harvest. The soybeans are losing all color and turning brown/gray. What was full bushy plants a month ago are now stems with pods of beans waiting for the combine. The field corn is still showing more green than brown in the stalk and leaves, but it too will be turning in the coming weeks. Here in Ohio we have had plenty of fall rain, more than 3 inches in less than a week. Once the fields dry up, we will begin the harvest.
The farm animals seem happier with the nicer temperatures too. Our farm ducks, all 6 of them, have enjoyed the many water puddles left by the last rain storm. The two angus heifers in the lower pasture seem content to lay in the sunshine too. Last week we added 4 feeder calves to our beef herd and we have 5 almost ready for processing.
We would love to hear from our customers and those interested in our family farm. We are blessed to be working this land and to be stewards of our animals. God bless!