Tuesday was such a wonderful day for everyone at Bowman Farms. Harvest has finally ended which is one of the most exciting things a farmer experiences every year. Harvest is the only income that a farmer receives throughout the entire year. In my household my dad usually gets from Mid December until about March off. Let me clarify off means that he isn’t putting in 17 hours days 7 days a week in the field. He simply is working in the shop, caring for equipment, or hauling grain. It seems that when it comes to farming something can always be done. Regardless what time of year it is the work never seems to stop coming. This also is exciting because I finally get my fiancé back. He has been living with my family the last few months farming with my father. He mostly enjoys driving the Semi hauling grain to wherever it needs to go for the day. Sean is just getting an idea of the family business so he knows what he is getting into. Plus what is better than having his future father in law chewing him out on a daily basis ;). I went home to visit for the weekend, and our Saturday night date consisted of us riding in the semi together until after midnight. He never had time to eat so I ran into town bringing him a greasy dinner.
None of the men seem to stop working for about anything. When I am home I try to bring the guys lunch every day. They never stop to go into town, and eat. They would rather work around the clock to get the crops out of the field. This year is rained a numerous amount of times. This of course meant no one could get in the field to work. The closer we were to December the more stressed out my father seemed to get. We want all of our crops out before the snow it always is a race against the clock. We ended up having a much better crop than expected. This summer was extremely dry, and we feared the worst for the crops. My fiancé should be coming back to Missouri this week, and life is good. I can only thank the lord for watching over my family another years.
This week in my Public Relations class in Agriculture I was fortunate enough to meet Dairy Carrie. That is of course due to technology she talked with my class through Skype from her house in Wisconsin. I had never met someone over Skype so I wasn’t quite sure what it would be like. I figured it might be awkward for Carrie to have an entire class of students just staring at her through a computer screen. She handled it wonderfully to say the least. I literally have nothing but wonderful things to say about her. I am hoping that I will eventually get to meet her in person. She has already made such an impact on the agriculture community it is phenomenal. The Skype session really gave me some motivation, and encouragement I have been looking for.
I have posted Carrie’s blog link below, and I highly encourage that you all go read it. She really gave me some good advice that I would like to share. First of all she let us all know that we need to make sure to share OUR own story. It should not be left to others, we are all responsible as a whole. Social media is such a marvelous tool that we must all learn to utilize. Carrie for example has had thousands of views, and comments on her blog. She is reaching out to people who may have no idea what the Agriculture Industry is all about. It is such a wonderful way to let people know what your life is like, and it can help them understand it. I was encouraged to make sure not to polish my stories too much. People want real because they want to be able to connect with you. Sometimes we may have to show the bad side of the industry like the death of livestock. This shows how life really is for some farmers, and it lets the world see that also. My favorite was her explanation on learning how to pick, and choose battles. There has been so much controversy over the Chipotle video, along with other related post that have upset some of the Agriculture Community. I now have a different approach when it comes to controversial topics. I am definitely going to try to improve my blogging, along with letting the world know MY story.
This week I don’t have any big Ag issue topics to discuss. Of course I do have plenty of topics to talk about relating to agriculture. Out of the 18 credit hours I am taking in school 15 of them are Agriculture related. Animal science is one of my favorite classes even though it also is one of my most difficult. I really like it because we actually get to do hands on labs. It is literally the only time I leave a classroom while still getting credit for it. I want to talk about the lab I had a few weeks ago. We are covering the reproductive system of livestock. I am of course going into a row crop business, but it is good to understand all aspects of agriculture. I went to the Pinegar Arena with the mind set that we would be learning about reproduction by watching diagrams. I did not however prepare for the fact we would actually be watching the breeding process up close.
I must say a few people in my class looked extremely traumatized by the end. Our focus has been artificial insemination because it allows the spread of diversified genes across the world. Our teacher had artificial horse vaginas out which he sat right in front of me. I tried to lean back my germ phobia kicked in, and I did not want them to touch me at all. The stallion was extremely high strung which didn’t surprise me at all. I just couldn’t believe after all the years I have been around, and worked with horses I had no clue how artificial insemination worked. They simply had the horse mount a dummy to prevent possible injury to another mare. It also allows them to impregnate multiple mares instead of just one. Then we actually got to see a mare receive an ultra sound. You could see when she was ovulating so they could properly get her pregnant. In order to do that you must shove your hand should deep in the rectum to get a clear picture. The image of rubbing it against their bellies faded from my imagination quickly. I learned so much I literally can’t begin to describe it all. The point I’m trying to get across is that the Ag industry is not an easy one. Breeding which seems simple is so complicated, and takes a lot of effort. It also is not very pretty at all, and can get very messy. I now am glad that I am sticking with row crops I don’t have the stomach for anything else. Keep in mind that no matter what the job respect people for what they do. I am simply feeling blessed to learn so much about the entire industry.
Also on a side note totally not Ag related, I GOT ENGAGED!