Saturday, January 14, 2012

Rescuing the Farmer

The weather so far this winter has been just wonderful. It has been in the 50's a lot of the time and we are just loving it! And so far we have seen less than an inch of snow. Since last winter was so harsh, I am hoping for many reasons for this one to be a little milder...

First being that because of the HOT dry temps we had this summer the pastures didn't fair so well and neither did the hay crop. Most of the ranchers in the lower plains states didn't have near as much grass to mow for hay this year and what they did have they probably had to start feeding a lot sooner cause their pastures all dried up. So a mild winter would really help the hay stretch a lot further!

Second I would like a mild winter cause well I really don't like winter. I am much more a warm weather person. This summer was crazy hot and I don't care for that but that was more because it was so dry too and killed all the crops, all the grass, and my garden. But I can't say the temps bothered me all that much. Since I was pregnant all summer I just stayed inside a lot.

Anyways I sure hope it stays mild...those negative and single digit temps are for the snow birds.

Well since it has been a so mild and dry the fields have had a chance to dry out and allow the farmers to get in and start doing some field work and getting things ready for spring planting season.

Caleb loves anything that involves driving a tractor. So as soon as it was dry enough he was getting everyone rounded up and going.

And earlier this week they along with many other farmers in the area were out there breaking open some ground and getting it ready for planting corn in April.

I know April seems like a long way off, but a lot could happen between now and then. the ground could freeze up and we could get a bunch of snow and then it might not dry back out till we were ready to plant, so we work ground when we can.

Since Caleb was working ground Chester and I were put on hay feeding duty. Which is fine be me. Cause we get out of the house for a bit and I get to go and see all our ladies, who love you...

As long as you bring them hay!

Well I was just finishing up feeding the last group when my phone rings...

What would we do without cell phones!

Well it was Caleb...

"Hey, where are you?"

Me - "I am just leaving the last pasture. Why?"

Caleb - "Can you go over to Pop's and get the log chain? I buried the tractor."

I proceeded to laugh like a good wife and then told him I would head over and get it and head that way.

Now you remember me saying "what would we do without cell phones." Well part of the reason this happened was because Caleb was on his phone and wasn't paying attention...


I will say in the 4 years I have been around this is the first time we have gotten a tractor stuck like this

Caleb had also called our hired man, Jeff, to come over in the 4-wheel drive tractor to pull him out.

When we get stuck, we don't mess around.

Before we started trying to pull the tractor out Caleb decided he needed to go get something else that would help with the pulling process...

But he didn't make it to far.

I will say Caleb's dad had some dirt work done in this area earlier in the year and had some trees buried and we are thinking that is part of the reason why it was easy to get stuck in specific areas.

Well Caleb then decided that what he thought he needed was not so important after all, so...

He walked back and they hooked everything up and started pulling the tractor out.

And then we were out!!

After pulling the tractor out Jeff came and pulled my truck out and we were on our way...

Well at least Jeff was, I didn't make it very far until I was stuck too.

And by stuck I mean I just sank! There was no way I was getting out of this one without a little help that's for sure!

So my knight in shinny armor...

Well actually farmer in brown Carrhart bibs and a dirty seed hat...

Came to my rescue and pulled me on out and then I was finally able to get out of that field and back onto solid ground.

Oh, Chester slept through the whole thing like a good little boy!

Lots of Love,



  1. Not quite as dry as y'all thought it was, hugh? Glad everyone got pulled out!

  2. Sounds like you ran into complications. ;) That tractor was sunk!

  3. That was seriously stuck. Oh well, if you are going to get stuck, you may as well do it 'right'. Good to see everyone got unstuck ok.

  4. I would say, it's too wet to plow.

  5. I don't like cold weather either. Really like it 70 and above!
    I have not gotten stuck on tractor in a long time. No rain in our area... and wow, I am not sure we have ever been that stuck!!!

  6. When I saw that first pic of the tractor I busted out laughing. hahahaha!! My FIL got stuck like that last fall and they had to wait until the ground froze cause we kept breaking the chains which is so scary.

  7. LOL--been there....done that!! :) Hope you are doing well...come on over and say hi!

  8. Is there such a thing as a clean seed hat? I'm not sure I've ever seen one...