Category Archives: Farming

A beautiful harvest day

Many things can go wrong during harvest time, but then there are days when everything is beautiful and bountiful.

This 1987 column talks about a lovely day when soybeans flowed from the field.

I love remembering days when work was thrilling for both Bob and me.

It was always good being useful.

Until next time, that’s it from Sunnybook Farm.

Copyright 2021 © by Susan Manzke, all rights reserved.

Harvest on the farm

My renters, the Maass family’s combine pulled into Sunnybook Farm on Monday afternoon and started harvesting soybeans.

From the combine, the beans go into a truck to bring them out of the field.

Harvest is always a special time of the year.

Until next time, that’s it from Sunnybook Farm.

Copyright 2021 © by Susan Manzke, all rights reserved.

Gaper’s block

When farmers gaze at farm fields being combined they create a gaper’s block. Bob was very good at this viewing as I wrote back in 1986.

I was happy to drive Bob through the countryside so he could see what was going on other farms. It was much safer having me drive and watch the road than having him trying to drive and watch the fields.

Until next time, that’s it from Sunnybook Farm.

Copyright © 2021 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved

A surprise during a farm haying day

HOT and DRY! These were the words for the summer of 1988. But one day, while working at baling hay a surprise came from the sky that brightened our day.

Listen and find out what stopped farm work.

Some days you just work but there are times when farm work takes a back seat to a surprise visitor. Even Bob thought it a good idea to stop work and greet our visitor.

Hoping a good surprise comes your way today.

Copyright © 2021 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved.

When the rain didn’t come

This year (2021) gave us a very dry, hot June. The year 1988 was near the same.

This column is about praying for rain, seeing clouds, and wishing they would bring beneficial precipitation.

Luckily, our weather changed at the end of June this year. The rain came all at once, but it sure helped the crops.

No knowing how the rest of the season will be. Will rain come when needed? Or will it skip this area again? Only the Almighty knows.

Hoping for enough rain, but not too much.

Copyright © 2021 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved.