Today was another satisfying and successful day on the Bloechl Homestead Farm.
Dad promptly finished the last of the corn planting, totaling 32 acres. For those of you who are thinking that 32 acres isn’t much, you are right, it’s not. Even though it is a small amount, this is a perfect amount for what we need. We will fill two of our three silos with high moisture corn (without the stocks and a little wetter than silage) for the cattle’s grain and if we have any left over corn, we will get it cleaned and use it to heat our house this winter.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in 2011, U.S. farmers plated 92.3 million acres of corn. On March 30, 2012 it was also reported by the USDA’s Prospective Plantings report that corn acreage is predicted to increase to 95.9 million acres this year. This is a 75-year high, if things work out. It was back in 1937 that U.S. producers were at their highest with 97.2 acres.
This is good news for farmers across the country and for people who consume corn in its many forms across the world. For the Bloechls, it is now time to focus on planting our soy beans while we pray for good weather and a bountiful season.
I did have a little extra fun today! I commuted to Edgar, Wisconsin to see my oldest friend, Abi, for her little brother’s high school graduation party. It was fun to look at what farmers are doing just an hour south of us, but mostly I had a blast being with one of my besties. It is hard going to different schools, but with days like today, we remember how important we are to each other.
My dog and I also had a little fun when I got home 🙂