Like I mentioned, we have been busy spraying our corn and also side-dressing it. Side-dressing is a special machine that spoon-feeds nutrients to the corn crop during this key vegetative growth stage of its life. As you can see our corn is growing quite nicely.
|Spraying our corn|
(I'm afraid all of my side-dressing photos didn't turn out too well)
Almost all of our soybeans were planted the last week of May and have also grown very nicely so far. On our farm we rotate our corn and soybeans so we have about 2/3 of our acres in corn and 1/3 of our acres in soybeans. Rotating our crops helps with disease and insect control, as well as spreading out our work load in the spring and fall. Plus rotating crops can help with higher yields.
On our farm we usually have a couple different age groups of pigs at all times that way we can spread out the work load throughout the year. We recently just got in a group feeder pigs, who all weigh about 40 pounds, and we will finish them to about 270 pounds, hence our pig farm is called a feeder to finish hog farm. We received around 1,200 feeder hogs a week ago today.
Just like our corn, soybeans and pigs, our kids are busy growing too and keeping us busy! LP is Mr. Independent and loves being outside. If I would let him, he'd stay outside all day long. MP is busy working on walking. She hasn't let go yet or tried walking alone, but I imagine she'll be taking her first steps soon. Here are a couple photos of the kids from this past week's Iowa Ice Cream Trip to Hansen's Dairy Farm outside of Hudson. I'll be posting about our trip soon so stay tuned!
|LP petting a baby calf at Hansen's Dairy Farm|
|MP getting kissed by a kangaroo at Hansen's Dairy Farm|