Spring is right around the corner! There are so many things to get excited about in the springtime. The grass growing, flowers blooming, and a new crop of sweet little calves running around. It won’t be very long before we we’ll be planting corn. It will be time for meals in the fields, tractor rides, and fixing the guys supper at 10:00pm. The kids will be daydreaming at school about being outside in the beautiful weather and enjoy being in it when they get home. We’ve moved the clocks ahead and the longer days will begin.
To start off the busy spring season we have hogs that are ready to ship. This week we weighed the hogs to allow us to know which ones are ready to go. We got these pigs in as 15 pounders last October. My daughters spent a great deal of time playing with them when they were little. It’s a little more difficult to roll around with 200 pound pigs, so the girls don’t hop in with them now. They enjoyed us having wean to finish hogs this time. For the last 14 years we have raised feeder to finish hogs, which arrive at 50 pounds. Although it was a little more work, it was fun to have the babies to raise.
The most exciting part of spring on the farm from my point of view is new calves. One group of our cows calved this fall, but our heifers should start calving around April 1st. The heifers are the cows that are having babies for the first or second time. Even though they are new moms, they know just what to do. Watching those little calves run around the pasture is one of the best views. They are so darn cute. The warm weather and the sunny days make for a great time for calving. Our daughters are great helpers when it comes to tagging the new calves and keeping track of their births.
We are about three weeks away from planting corn. A load of seed corn was delivered this week and is in the shed awaiting going in the ground. The guys are working on the planter to make sure that it is fully ready to go, that all parts and systems are set. There are many, many decisions that go into each planting season, so we are always trying to stay educated on the latest technologies to make each crop the best it can be.
Stacy Schutz is is a farmer, wife, and mother of two daughters located in central
Illinois. She farms with her family; raising corn, cattle and hogs. She
loves her animals, food and is happy that they go hand in hand! You can
find out more about her at her blog, From Our Farm to You.
Right now it is cold, windy and snow, but hopefully in a few weeks the weather will have made a turn for the better and we’ll be hot and heavy in the spring farming season.