The Evolution of a Modern-Day Farm Wife

aliveandwellinkansas:

Wheat harvest is still going strong! I wanted to share a nice write-up Kansas Wheat did on Adam. According to Kansas Wheat, “Each year more than 20,000 Kansas wheat farmers take dramatic risks to grow the wheat that feeds the world.” They hope readers enjoy learning more about these farmers through their current series, the “Faces of Harvest.”
Enjoy!
Kim

Originally posted on The Wheat Beat:

Each year, more than 20,000 Kansas wheat farmers take dramatic risks to grow the wheat that feeds the world. We hope you enjoy learning more about these farmers through our series, the “Faces of Harvest.”

After graduating from Kansas State University with a major in agronomy, Adam Baldwin returned to the family farm in McPherson County to become the family’s fifth generation to farm wheat.

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From left: Kim Ray, Banks and Adam Baldwin, from McPherson County. (Photo courtesy Baldwin family)

With his wife Kim and 7 month old son Banks, and in conjunction with his father, Dwight, Adam runs a no-till, mainly dryland farm, where wheat is the most important crop.

Harvest is a special time for the Baldwin family; family and friends gather to help bring in the crop. Some members of the group have harvested with the family for more than 20 years.

“It’s a life…

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Comments on: "Faces of Harvest: The Baldwin Family, McPherson" (6)

  1. Stories like yours are what I love about living in the Midwest! Best of luck, and keep those combines goin’. I also love your family photo; I can tell Banks is growing up in a good environment.

  2. Lois Willis said:

    Thanks, Kim, for the blog. Harvest is always the pinnacle of experience on a Kansas wheat farm. I am glad it has started.

    • Thanks, Lois, for visiting the blog! I’m glad harvest has started, too! By this time last year we were done. I love harvest time. It’s a great experience to see a crop you planted in the fall survive winter and spring weather (and other factors) delivered to the elevator with the help of family and friends.

  3. Please keep writing……..this is all very interesting. I enjoy the pictures of the farm and your family. I found your blog after seeing your videos on YouTube.

    I do have a question – - what happens if it rains during harvest? How damaging is this? If your weather has been like ours in Kansas City, you’ve probably been living on the brink of rain and thunderstorms all week.

    While many of us in the city know little about farming, we do appreciate all you do – - I especially appreciate it when I eat all my favorite foods. I for one will never go low carb unless I have to.

    • Lori,

      Thank you for the nice comment! Yes, wheat harvest is always a very busy time because you want to get wheat cut before the summer storms.

      If it rains during wheat harvest it could mean anything from keeping us out of the field for half a day while everything dries out or it could mean damaged or lost wheat if there’s hail/rain/wind. Because the plants are ripe (dry) the wheat berries in the heads of the plants can easily fall out onto the ground if they are hit or shaken too hard.

      Rain affects the quality of the grain. Test weights are affected so when we take the grain to the elevator we can be docked.

      Rain also makes the fields muddy which makes harvest more difficult as well.

      I hope this answered your question.

      Thanks for visiting the blog and thanks for enjoying carbs and gluten :)

      Kim

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