Hey everybody! Since I’ve been posting a lot of gardening posts lately, I thought I’d give everyone an update on what’s going on elsewhere on the farm!  I don’t know about you, but I like getting a glimpse into people’s everyday lives. This is Hooey, the newest addition to the Donley family!  Remember our black lab Joey that was hit and killed a few weeks ago?  Well, we were all devastated, but Elisa was the most because Joey was her dog.  She recently got this cute little guy to train to work with our cows! READ MORE

down on the farm

Hey Everybody! Well, it was a busy weekend here at the Donley farm! On Friday I took advantage of the beautiful, if not WINDY, weather (It gusted up to 57 mph!!!) and planted my strawberries.  It felt so GOOD to get some dirt under my fingernails!  (And all my fellow gardeners said, “Amen!”).  I plan on posting about that soon (I used a different method of planting them than I have in the past) if all goes well.  #gardeningisagamble On Saturday, I baked lots of bread and rolls (using this recipe) so that we couldREAD MORE

down on the farm

Hey! I thought I’d do a little update about what’s been going on down here on the farm!  It’s been busy, busy and spring is maybe finally in the air?? Our Charolais heifer herd starting calving a couple weeks ago!  Woo-hoo!  We were nervous about this, but so far, so good.  All calves look good and healthy and the mamas seem to be taking to their job.  Watching new calves is one of the best things ever 🙂 Also on the Charolais front, Jeff has been working his tail off installing water lines in thatREAD MORE

combine in wheat

We are smack in the middle of wheat harvest right now!  (Update:  We finished last night before our area got a big storm!)  Hip-hip-hooray!  Seriously, I think wheat harvest is the absolute best time of the year and I feel so sorry for everyone that doesn’t get to experience it! This year makes my 37th wheat harvest 🙂  We have two main harvests around these parts- wheat harvest and fall harvest.  Fall harvest starts in October and can run to almost Christmas and is long and drawn out.  Wheat harvest, on the other hand, startsREAD MORE

life on the farm

What does a weekend look like living on a farm?  Well, it doesn’t look like what a lot of you probably experience 😉  I decided to do a little weekend recap so you can get a glimpse of life on the farm! I started off my Saturday with a short, easy run to test out my newly adjusted knee.  I started having problems with it after a 3 mile run on Wednesday, so this run was a slow (12min/mile) 1.5 mile run to make sure all was well.  It was super humid at 7 am,READ MORE

About a month ago, this thing called “Fall Harvest” started around here.  On our farm, we grow wheat, milo, soybeans, cotton, hay and have cow/calf pairs.  I grew up on a farm in the neighboring county and we had a similar operation, but without the cows and hay.  Since we are in southern Kansas, we plant our wheat in the fall and harvest it in June.  But the milo, soybeans and cotton all get planted in the spring and get harvested in the fall.  Hence, “Fall Harvest!” Unlike wheat harvest, which is a fast paced,READ MORE