Heading into Memorial Day weekend, Crop Watcher Blake Burggraff was waiting to bale his first cutting of alfalfa, and it was looking good.
Janelle is editor of the Tri-State Neighbor, covering South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and northeastern Nebraska.
This 1928 four cylinder Model A Ford got a workout hauling hay, with mom atop the hay pile, her job was to stomp it down to make room for more.
Conditions were dry across the Midwest and feed supplies were short last year, which put hay in demand. That made up for a lackluster crop. “The hay market was wonderful,” Mike said.
"Remembering a Coteau hills hike from my youth, I had told Dad before the snow left this spring that I’d really like to find pasque flowers with him this year."
Goat kidding is also keeping Burggraff busy lately. They had 22 moms and four sets of twins as of May 12. Kidding on pasture was giving them a great start. “It’s so great to see them out on the green grass,” Burggraff said.
"I thought I was a pretty good worrier. Then I had kids."
Meet our crop watcher for western Minnesota, Scott Wittnebel and his family of helpers.
An evening road trip, I sat in the back beside my 5 year old. We were on our way to a weekend stay at Grandpa and Grandma’s, and we were approaching her bed time.
A church with Swedish heritage sits just off a curving county road, overlooking one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.