2014 is coming to a close, and although the year wasn't perfect, there are many reasons to celebrate.
This was April 14, looking west from our farm. We'd prefer to be in the fields by April 14, but this was a late, late, late spring. Fortunately, we were able to plant most acres. The late planting did have a negative effect on yields, but we made it through!
We often question whether or not to plant barley, but this year was a great year for barley. We were able to harvest the crop in mid-August, two weeks before we started wheat. It's so nice to get something harvested, and then catch our breath before wheat harvest begins. Plus, yields were better than expected. Barley doesn't like water, so we had low expectations after the wet spring and early summer, but our little barley plants made it!
The best news of 2014 was sugarbeet harvest. I hardly got any pictures because harvest went so fast (here's the harvester way in the distance). Yields were a little disappointing because of late planting, but we finished in record time, with only one minor shutdown for rain. If only every sugarbeet harvest could go that well. Two years ago we ended up leaving sugarbeets in the field, in the mud and snow, so this year's harvest really was a gift.
2014 will not be remember for amazing yields or high prices, but it was a good year. I hope you had a great 2014, and may 2015 be even better.
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This is what I get for majoring in agriculture economics at North Dakota State University. A farm near the Canadian border, far from any delivery restaurants or shopping centers. Sometimes in life you get nothing that you prayed for, and yet so much more than you asked. Life doesn't have to be easy to be wonderful and blessed.