Hard to believe another year of farming has come and gone. We started planting on April 25 and wrapped up harvest on Nov. 6. While we planted for two days then were out a month for rain, harvest was pretty much straight through.

Of course, the crops are just part of our operation, so hog work continues. We will finish spreading hog manure this week, which is a huge relief. We are farrowing and breeding this week, so that will keep us busy. The last few farrowings, our 17-year-old daughter has been working all the litters of pigs. That is a huge relief off Chris, and I think an outstanding accomplishment for her. She does a fantastic job. The boy, soon to be 14, is grinding all the feed for the hogs, which is a huge help with that almost daily task.

Chris will be spending a lot of time the next few months getting paperwork caught up, prepping for tax season and bank paperwork. I’m hoping to find some time to actually cook, bake and blog on farmwifefeeds.com and continue working on Pete’s book, the bottle calf we raised.

The oldest just accepted a summer internship with Winfield, and we are really proud of her and her hard work at Iowa State. We have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

My uneducated guess is that the majority of central Indiana is a wrap on harvest, and fall tillage is in full swing. I would venture to say a rain would even be a welcome break.

I truly enjoy sharing our weekly happenings here, even if I’m not always on the ball at getting my emails out during the busy season. I hope each of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving and a blessed New Year. Be careful.

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