Thursday, August 23, 2012
The Start of Harvest 2012
The guys are officially in the fields and have started swathing [see below] which marks the beginning of harvest. I've been praying all year that we would have good crop-growing weather and that they would get an early start. They earlier they start (typically), the earlier they are finished. And with a baby due not too long after harvest, the longer I have my husband at home and not during the hustle & bustle of harvest....the better! I'll be almost done the 3rd trimester by the time harvest is finished so I don't want to be worrying about baby coming while the guys are still in the field. Anything can happen, but I'm very grateful that they've got an early start.
Someone (take a guess) is VERY excited for harvest this year and so am I. So far he's loved going "swaffin' wif Daddy" and he's been talking all summer about the combine! I'm looking forward to enjoying some "me" time when Braden's busy with Daddy to just do some cleaning or whatever I need to do around home, as I become a "harvest widow" and lose my husband once combining starts. I typically will only see him for meals and if we can help move trucks around when they are switching fields.
It's a life that we love, but it can certainly be stressful relying on the weather for our well-being. Please keep us in your prayers that the weather allows us to bring in a bountiful harvest and that they finish in a timely fashion!
So, I decided to start a new series during my harvest posts, because I realize that not that many of you will understand this farming terminology as it sure took me awhile to figure it all out. For a long time I thought you combined the crop and then swathed it. Silly me! Allow me to demonstrate in your first lesson!
These are what the swaths look like...
And here is a close up of the canola:
Hope you enjoyed your first lesson!