|Well I thought we were going to get some relief from the heat, but looks like I was wrong. We continue to break records for high temperatures. We haven’t gotten a break from the drought either. The last figure I saw showed us at over 10 inches below normal rainfall. We are still in an extreme drought area too. Our governor has issued a statewide burning ban. That’s not stopped some folks from burning anyway though. The local volunteer fire department has been busy trying to deal with small fires that get out from burning garbage or brush. Luckily I got all my burning done before the ban went into effect. I’ll admit it was too dry to be burning, but I didn’t realize just how dry it was until my fires were already burning.I’d hoped that fall shutdown at work was going to allow me to get some things done around the farm, but the shifts have been increased to 10 and 12 hours a day not allowing me any time other than weekends for the farm. At least all the things that have to be done are done. The drought has added the chore of watering to the list of things that have to get done daily. The pond still has water in it, but the way I have the fence the animals can’t reach it. The neck of the pond they usually drink in is now dry. I stopped last week and picked up another water tub at Perkins Feed and Farm Supply. The owner there is a friend and I try to support his business as much as I can. He’s almost always cheaper than Tractor Supply and he’s just next door. That’s a win-win. I guess all is not lost with working the extended hours because I have found time to move a whole bunch of dirt with the 6000 and fill in low spots in the yard and the ditches that we dug for electric and water lines. Also been doing more shopping for square balers with no luck. The shopping did get me up to the local Mahindra dealer and I had a nice conversation with him. He’ll have a 7010 cab coming in sometime in the next week or two. Maybe we can get together on a price we can both live with.
The poultry house pad is nearing completion and we should wrap up our loan and start the buildings in the next week or so. We still have to widen the drive at the state road and install a bunch of culverts to drain water away from the houses. Other than that we only need to do a little work to make the pads look like they belong here.
Last weekend was so busy I could barely find time to eat and sleep. We spent the weekend attending the 145th anniversary celebration of The Battle of Mill Springs. It was great to get to see the re-enactment of a real civil war battle. We learned a lot about the civil war and the things they used in that era. We also learned a great quote. Did you know that Abraham Lincoln said “I hope to have god on my side, but I must have Kentucky”. I always thought Kentucky was neutral during the civil war, but according to the information at Mill Springs they had a substantial amount of union supporters. We also attended the company picnic for Kingsford. It was a good weekend for the kids. They sure slept good at night I’ll tell you that.
We all have something to be excited about here in Kentucky. The University of Kentucky football team is off to a great start. Best since Bear Bryant coached here. I don’t ever remember them being ranked 8th. I’m sure they’ll come down a few places after their loss to South Carolina, but I really feel like for the first time in a long time they are capable of beating some great teams. Couple that with the the new basketball coach and the job he’s doing recruiting and things are looking up for the bluegrass state.
Well as always there is tons to do so I’ll go for now. Thanks for reading and be sure to check out the pics I’ve added to the site.