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Holt Farm My wife and I are the 3rd generation to live and work the Holt Farm. We raise chickens - selling eggs and broilers - and grow corn, soybeans, oats, & hay.

Operating as usual

07/25/2018

Hello, how are you ? We are good. The highline people have started preliminary work , hope all goes well. The weather is kind of stormy this afternoon, we could use an In. or so of rain. The beans look good, been looking for aphids and planing an aplication of foliar feeding on beans, be a first for me, hpoe it makes a differance. We have been hauling in gravel and hope to bring in some dirt also. Supper time. GOD bless and care for you. Be talking again.

06/19/2018

Hello again from the farm, i hope you are doing well. I started the second trip with the cultivator the other day then we had more rain. I think it will be to tall to go back into. It's been cloudy all day and is supose to rain tomorrow. The meat birds are going to the butcher friday. Our church synod convention started today, thats always agood three or four days. Well you have a good evening and GOD bless you.

06/06/2018

How are you today? Things aremoving along here, corn is up and responding to the warm weather even the later planting can be rowed . The beans are looking better then i thought they would, i bumped up the population this year i think i will do that again, we will see when i take population checks. Finished cultivating corn , slowed up some weeds namely giant rags, hope that buys me some time between sprayings. The new chicks are not chicks any more . The meat birds are growing like mad they have about 2 weeks to go, hope we don't lose any. The new layers are looking good. Hey Mr's B. thanks for the kind words about mom. Well Marcia is calling me for supper GOD bless you and i will be talking again.

05/13/2018

Good morning to you, i hope you are good. Remember to keep your flotation device handy. Well i guess rain is at the top of the list in our area right now,it is important to remember GOD is in control and knows what is best. We are waiting for the tile guy that should help with standing water. Oh hey , we have new chicks,15 meat birds 15 layers. Been getting the planter ready for bean planting, hope to float them in soon. Well it is time to get ready for church i hope you have a nice mothers day.GOD bless you i will talk again.

04/11/2018

Hi, how are you today? I started physical therapy this week, i am not very flexible. We ordered new chicks , they will be here on Monday . We had more snow it is about gone and now we have mud. We are suppose to get thunder showers friday that will be good. You have agood day and GOD bless you.

03/24/2018

How are you today? We are ok. I am getting sick of sitting around but i have to behave myself, i go back to the surgeon in ten days or so hope good news. The people with the new highline poles coming through were out mapping out the rout, they left colored stacks to mark the path, it looks like we will only have one in the middle of the field that's good. Last night it started snowing and it is continuing . The wind is blowing also, i don't know how the roads are. I am hopping to order chicks next month , some layers and meat birds. Well i will let you go, you have a great day and may GOD bless you. Have a blessed holy week and easter.

02/24/2018

How are you today? I am doing ok. My surgery , well we will have to wait and see. It was not as painful as i thougth , but i had a nerve block and that worked well. I should have gone to the doc. sooner he said there was only one muscle or tendon left on my shoulder. Before the surgery he was telling me he wanted me to do some exercise at home but after he said not to do anything with it, instead of one anchor he put in 8, not a good thing. Hopfully it all works out and i behave. enough we have been getting snow the last few days the woods south of the house is beautiful with the wet snow sticking to the trees. Taxs are done and paid ,always good to have that done. Hope Marcia can get things going in her building soon. We are close to the end of February now so even if we have soom tough whether it will not stay long. Well you have a great evening.GOD bless you and our nation. we will be talking again.

02/04/2018

Hi, how are you doing? We are doing well, Marcia is working some over time and i am getting tax ready for the tax guy, it helps to stay on it through the year. I have been working on a brooder, we are going to get afew chicks. I am having shoulder surgry latter on this month,the doc told me it is a significant tare . this puts me out for springs work hope i will be good to go for fall. I almost forgot we bought a skidloader kind of a medium lite duty one. that should be nice. Well i am going to eat super. GOD bless you and be talking again.

02/04/2018

Hi, how are you doing? We are doing well, Marcia is working some over time and i am getting tax ready for the tax guy, it helps to stay on it through the year. I have been working on a brooder, we are going to get afew chicks. I am having shoulder surgry latter on this month,the doc told me it is a significant tare . this puts me out for springs work hope i will be good to go for fall. I almost forgot we bought a skidloader kind of a medium lite duty one. that should be nice. Well i am going to eat super. GOD bless you and be talking again.

01/01/2018

Happy New Year to you. I hope you are well. We had a good Christmas everyone was home and the weather was ok .this morning was a different story, our thermometer said 18 below and the wind is blowing out of the West. There is a good side when I blow the snow I shouldn't dig any dirt. It will be good to get back to a routine. Tomorrow Marcia goes back to work and I have to pay the elevator for inputs , seems like it gets to be more every year. I am trying some new things in 2018, I will talk more about that later. The packers took it on the chin yesterday, we couldn't see the game but it didn't sound very good , next year will be better. I hope you have a great New Year and may GOD bless you. TalTalk to you again.

12/13/2017

Good morning. How are you doing today? We are a few days from Christmas and everything is speeding in that direction, to me that is good . Why you ask , well what is Christmas? It is the birth of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I like to go to the
Children Christmas program, Christmas services to hear the pastor's message . We used to go caroling but not so much anymore . Our family will be coming and that will be good . The last few days have been fairly calm but this morning the wind is blowing again. We have had warm days and some cold days but no major snow yet. The blower is on the 1086 and waiting. We have been working on the 706 changing the manifold set, the generator was easy to get to so I checked it out it is shot, I guess it is better to fix it now then when I need it. Harvest was good but the lines were long a t the elevator. I have to go I hope you have a great Christmas and GOD bless you. Talk to you again.

11/07/2017

Hi how are you today? We are in corn harvest . Things have gone well. We finished the north 40 and today I will start the small field by the house. It is in the mid 20s and we had a flurry of snow, you won't make tracks in the mud tis morning . There is a opossum in the barn, hope it comes out , I may have to use a live trap. There are holes all over the bean stuble, around 15 new digings, thinking fox, I setup a live trap but nothing so far. Well I better get going, got to get a grain check and pay some bills. You have a great day and may the CREATER of heaven and earth bless and keep you this day. We will talk again.

10/22/2017

Hi, how are you ? We are good. It has been a busy week. We finished the beans and had a pretty fair yield, a lot of waiting at the elevator, This aloud me to visit with some of our neighbors. Friday I started driving a tender truck for the fertilizer supplier , that was a new experience , I had to remember my job was to keep the spreader going and to bring lots of reading material, it was fun. Friday night & Saturday morning we had more rain so on work Saturday. I had Saturday breakfast with my two boys they help me in the fall, we will start corn combining in a couple weeks. Marcia's building is done now is to get moved in and start sewing . Well I will let you go, GOD bless you and keep you and we will talk again. Go pack go.

10/22/2017

Hi, how are you ? We are good. It has been a busy week. We finished the beans and had a pretty fair yield, a lot of waiting at the elevator, This aloud me to visit with some of our neighbors. Friday I started driving a tender truck for the fertilizer supplier , that was a new experience , I had to remember my job was to keep the spreader going and to bring lots of reading material, it was fun. Friday night & Saturday morning we had more rain so on work Saturday. I had Saturday breakfast with my two boys they help me in the fall, we will start corn combining in a couple weeks. Marcia's building is done now is to get moved in and start sewing . Well I will let you go, GOD bless you and keep you and we will talk again. Go pack go.

10/15/2017

Hi, how are you today? We are doing ok . We had such a sewer smell this summer on and off, it was gross at times. Had the septic sucking guys come and take care of the problem . I think we have had in the range of 10 in. of rain in the last month . We are still mowing lawn. We have been trying to combine beans , got started and then it rained some more. GOD knows best. That's a good thing becase I would mess it up. It is clearing up and should be nice this week. Had some corn tested it was 24% moisture,need that to be around 15 to 16%. I will talk again. GOD bless you. Go pack go.

10/15/2017

Hi, how are you today? We are doing ok . We had such a sewer smell this summer on and off, it was gross at times. Had the septic sucking guys come and take care of the problem . I think we have had in the range of 10 in. of rain in the last month . We are still mowing lawn. We have been trying to combine beans , got started and then it rained some more. GOD knows best. That's a good thing becase I would mess it up. It is clearing up and should be nice this week. Had some corn tested it was 24% moisture,need that to be around 15 to 16%. I will talk again. GOD bless you. Go pack go.

10/02/2017

Hi everyone. Well we made it through another sorghum day with out sorghum, survival is a good thing. I had a blast I always do.
We had a great dinner made some apple sauce and went on a hay ride, someone brought out an icecream mechine it was gooooood! The kids got to play and the old people sat and talked about the old days. It was good to see everybody and I missed the ones that didn't make it.
It has been a rainy day, I dumped a half in. out of rain gaug today. Our beans should be ready when it drys up,just afew leaves left on the bottom. The corn ears are starting to drop and they are standing good.The equipment is pretty ready. Well I have to feed the chickens and the cat, you have a great evening and GOD bless you.

08/28/2017

Good morning to you. When I look out to the east I see a small slit in the clouds and the sun showing through . We had more rain last night , this is feeding the crops. What a wonderful blessing from our creator and sustainer. Saw a deer walking by the sweet corn , they got most of it this year. The red IH truck is home and is running good , the test will be this fall. In the years I have farmed I have bought a lot of old equipment and have been able to make it work at lest for awhile but this year I believe I told you about a corn head I bought , Well I started getting it ready and the more I looked and the more I did the worse it got until I said no more. This is going to be a money pit. There are some good parts I can use on my 4 row and I will keep looking but do a better job inspecting. I hope to get one more load of gravel soon . Well I have to let the hens out and make breakfast . GOD bless you and have a great day.

08/28/2017

Good morning to you. When I look out to the east I see a small slit in the clouds and the sun showing through . We had more rain last night , this is feeding the crops. What a wonderful blessing from our creator and sustainer. Saw a deer walking by the sweet corn , they got most of it this year. The red IH truck is home and is running good , the test will be this fall. In the years I have farmed I have bought a lot of old equipment and have been able to make it work at lest for awhile but this year I believe I told you about a corn head I bought , Well I started getting it ready and the more I looked and the more I did the worse it got until I said no more. This is going to be a money pit. There are some good parts I can use on my 4 row and I will keep looking but do a better job inspecting. I hope to get one more load of gravel soon . Well I have to let the hens out and make breakfast . GOD bless you and have a great day.

08/14/2017

Hi there. It's a nice cool evening with a little breeze. Since we talked last we have eaten sweet corn planted another apple tree (kinder crisp) and cleaned up south of the barn. The sorghum cooker is gone along with some junk and is replaced with some grass. the 1086 is in the shop getting the hitch fixed.
The old red truck is at anotherf shop, I drove it the other day I don't think it has ever run that good, we will see when we put 600 bushels of corn on it. I have been cleaning the mice out of the combine , it was bad, put a new interior in it, it is nicer to sit in there should be quitter. We painted inside Marcia building our granddaughter Paige came an helped. Thanks Paige. I went to the holt reunion it was fun seeing my cousins an aunt Loraine. I had a blast. The elevator sprayedthe beans the other day I hope it slows down the weeds, other then that they look fair. Well it is time to lock up the chickens . God bless all of you and we'll be talking to you again.
In the pictures I have seen George looks like he needs a rest.

07/08/2017

Hi, how are you today? The old maple is pretty much gone, all that is left is the trunk, that will be gone when the tree guy repairs his saw. Then he will grind up the sumps. We have had some wet weather in June but it has been dry the last week or two, sunny and windy. I was out checking population in the bean field yesterday there was still moisture there. It averaged 83,333 plants/ acre, we will see how that is this fall, ho I found a few blossoms and it looks like good weed control so far. The corn is looking good , it is about head high and is soon ready to tassel . The sweet corn has tasseled and set ears, should be some good eating soon. Next week the old red truck gets worked on. I hope you had a great 4th and GOD bless you. Be talking again. Joe.

06/10/2017

Hello, how are you? Things have been busy here, I have cutting trees north of the house. There is going to be a guy coming to cut down some trees to close to buildings and then grind out the stomps . Going to mess that old maple on the south west corner of house, there is a lot of good shade. I have to tell you about a week ago we were invaded by raccoons , they killed 10 to 15 chickens ate eggs and tore up things in barn. Got three and a skunk. The skunk sure stunk up the yard. It has been hot and dry so far our corn and beans look good we could swallow up an inch of rain and be back in the field the next day. The markets have been going up, to bad it has to be because of someone elses bad weather on their crops. Our Worth county fair is starting next week, I hope to is some judging of the hogs and goats. Well it is time for bed , GOD bless you and i'll be talking to you again, GOD willing.

05/31/2017

How are you today? Fine I hope. I have been cultivating corn the last few days, it is slow work. You can row the no till beans now, we could use a rain and some 80 degree temps. Still waiting for the mechanic to call about the old red truck, I'll seehim at the fair. I'm working on the old ford truck , power steering leaks , ordered parts today. Notice everthing is old, so am I. How about that. GOD bless you . Hope you have a nice evening and talk to you again.

05/11/2017

Hi how are you? Good I hope. Since we talked last time the corn is in the ground and has sprouted. Waiting on the elevator to spray the burn down chemical then the beans will go in. It has been raining on and off all day now I see the sun shining. Brought home our new mower today Marcia is looking foreward to trying it out. I was at the I H dealer to day and picked up a new hydraulic line for the 706. When that is fixed I need to change the hydraulic filter and fluid . We have turkeys coming out of the woods, seen two hens and a tom. Happy Bday Helen, I hope it is good one. I hear Paul is getting a new hip, I hope all goes well.I hope to see you folks some time this summer. GOD bless all and we'll be talking again.

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Good morning & happy thanks giving to you. It is a bright sun shiny day, should warm up this weekend. You have a great thanks giving and GOD bless you all.