Friday, January 20, 2017

So Long Big Bertha

Long-time readers, remember Big Bertha? If you don't, please get acquainted here. If you do, then you also remember what she did. Remind yourself here if you need to. 

After two years of seeing her looking like this every time we were in this field, she has departed from us. Finally.

Somebody was very glad to see her go.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Creamy Potato Soup

I originally got this recipe from Janet over at A Farm Wife's Life. I made a few modifications to it like leaving out the carrots and onions. I'm allergic to carrots (yeah, I know, crazy), and the rest of my family won't eat onions.

Creamy Potato Soup

4-5 potatoes
1/4 stick butter
3 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sour cream 
Cheese/Bacon Bits

Peel potatoes. Chop into small pieces. Put in pot and cover with water. Boil until soft. Drain water and place on medium burner. Add butter and 1 1/2c milk. In small lidded bowl, add flour, sour cream, and 1 cup milk. Shake to mix. Add to pot. Fill pot with milk to cover potatoes. Cook till thick and creamy. Add salt/pepper to taste. Top with cheese/Bacon.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Cotton Pickin' Roller Picker

This year we upgraded cotton pickers. Goodbye to the days of having to use boll buggies (which temporarily put me out of a job) and module builders, and hello to the JD 7760!

The picker passes over the cotton at a speedy 4mph. As the stalk passes through the heads, cotton is picked off the stalk by spindles (pointy metal things with barbs that spin). The cotton is knocked off the spindles by doffers (flat plastic round things with notches), and then blown into the accumulator basket in the back of the picker. Once the basket is full, it empties into the baling chamber. Cotton is continuously added until the bale reaches 96" round. When the bale is complete, it is wrapped in plastic, and the bale is ejected onto the handler.

The bale is dropped off the handler at a good spot in the field. All this time, still picking cotton and working on another bale. Much more efficient than having to stop and unload into a boll buggy or module builder.

This is a picture of the guys and our very first round bale!

The videos below are of a video screen in the cab, so they are kind of hard to see. They show the cotton being baled and ejected.

We have a loader that picks the bales up and loads them onto our truck with a 4-pronged spear, similar to a hay spear.
Once full, the truck is driven to the cotton gin!

For more information on cotton (or other things we grow) or better explanation of anything I have talked about above click here.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Turnip Greens Soup

I discovered this recipe in the Alabama Power bill a few months ago. It's pretty darn tasty and also great to eat on New Year's Day, as it contains most of those foods you're required by law to consume on that day.

Turnip Greens Soup

16oz chopped turnip greens
2 cans chicken broth
1 cup black eyed peas
1 can Rotel
3/4c shoepeg corn 
1/2c chopped carrots
1 med onion, quartered 
1lb Polish sausage 
Hot sauce to taste

Slice sausage in 1/2 inch slices and brown in skillet with onion quarters. Mix remainder of ingredients in a Dutch oven and simmer on low for 1 1/2 hours. Serve with cornbread.

Harvest Photo Overload

Some of my favorite photos from the 2016 harvest!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Henry Documents a Year at Alfa.

If you don't know who Henry is, click here.

This past year, Lance served as State Chairman of the Young Farmer's Committee. This granted him a seat on the Alfa Board of Directors. Being the roving reporter that Henry is, he just had to document it.

Profits were up?

Vehicle claims caused by distracted driving were at an all time high.

But homeowner claims were down.

New merchandise was approved.

Some was not.

Important meetings were held.

Awards were given.

Many trips were taken.

And state of the art technology was introduced.

And it was all covered by a mostly hardworking communications department.

Lance has enjoyed his time serving Alfa and the Alabama Farmers Federation, but Henry is glad not to have to travel so far for a story now. He's more of a small town reporter.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Henry's Guide to Surviving a Drought.

If you don't know who Henry is click here.













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