Archive for June 2011

Super Crazy- Hectic- No Sleep- Pull Your Hair Out Harvest

June 14, 2011

In the ag world, there are months that are super crazy- hectic- no sleep- pull your hair out busy, and then all the other months are regular busy.

Either way, an agriculturist’s work is never done.

June marks one of those  super crazy- hectic- no sleep- pull your hair out busy months because of wheat harvest. And when I came home this weekend from my big girl internship in the city, we were right in the thick of it all.

So I whipped out my hand dandy phone to snap some photos for y’all!

Here the combine is cutting the wheat.

Here is a photo taken from inside the tractor. The combine is unloading the wheat into the grain buggy that my dad and I are in. (Yes, I realize it isn’t that great of a picture- however, between the tight cab space the not-so-smooth ride, I was lucky to even get something other than a giant blur)

Here you can see the grain buggy into the semi. The wheat will be stored in a grain bin until my dad has time to haul it to the port in Oklahoma.

The ‘stems’ of the wheat is actually straw. So, here Ethan is bailing it into those round bales you see. He stayed up until 2 am doing this so that all the straw would be off the ground before it rained.

Even if you have never been involved with harvest first hand, you can’t deny how pretty it all is 🙂

Cap, Gown & Cow?

June 8, 2011
As cliché as it may sound, all good things come to an end. However, let’s face it, Butler was not a ‘good thing.’ Butler was an amazing, unforgettable, unbelievable, insanely awesome place that molded the students of the agricultural department into agricultural enthusiasts with bright futures.
So here is a picture that the 7 livestock judges who walked across the stage snapped. Enjoy 🙂

As Butler livestock judges and livestock enthusiast surely we couldn't just take the typical graduation photo now could we?

Carpe Diem… PCB ’11.

June 5, 2011

Holy Cow time has flown!

First of all, Butler graduation took place a few weeks ago.

Here are the people who walked in the afternoon ceremony, pictured with Chris and Elissa as well. The ceremony was nice and snappy, the speaker was inspirational and the food at Willie’s afterwards was scrumptious as expected.


A few of the girls decided to decorate  our hats to showcase our personalities. They looked simply splendid, if I may say so myself 🙂 And then of course Summer has to be started off the right way- at the beach! After spending a few days at my boy’s house in Alabama, my roommates Sarah, Kallie, Sarah’s friend Emilia and I all headed to Panama City Beach for our 2nd annual beach extravaganza.

It was kinda amazing, and it’s okay to be jealous.

We even reped the Ag Ambassadors proudly when we met this cat.


He was convinced that traditionally produced beef and milk was bad for you. He had been misinformed by publications that the media releases. He was under the impression that only organically produced food was safe and healthy. GOOD THING we were on the beach and could let him know what’s up. We should go to the beach every weekend to straighten out more confused souls.


But seriously, situations like this are the perfect example of why it is so important to always be equipped with correct facts and figures.


Speaking of food….


We ate at all these AHH-MAAA-ZINGGG places, several of which served Certified Angus Beef. (Sorry, had to slip in that plug there). If you are ever in PCB consider these places. I pinky promise you won’t be disappointed.

  • “Salt Water Grill” is just another way to say “Some of the Bestest Food in the Whole Wide World”. And they had a huge aquarium.
  • After being voted a favorite last year, Captain Anderson’s was back by popular demand.
  • The Shrimp Boat. Now this was the place to be. It had real, live crabs swimming around below the dock in their natural habitat.
And then, over to our right (or left, depending on which side of the table you were sitting on), there was a man… with a KU shirt on. Now, while I would normally turn my nose up at such a sight, this time was an exception. Being the only Kansan in the South with three Georgia Peaches, when you find another fellow Kansan, it is critical you stick together……
So, I did what any sane red blooded American would do… I ran across the restaurant (no worries, it was a casual lunch establishment) and asked if I could get a picture with him. After all, he was the only sign of the Midwest I had seen all week.
We all told ourselves he was flattered.
Needless to say, we had a great time, enjoyed beautiful weather, ate delicious food, and even spoke on the ag industry’s behalf. I would say this vacay was a great success. 🙂




The Side View of the Backdrop

June 2, 2011

Ever wonder what goes on to get those nearly perfect backdrop pictures at shows? Well it is usually somebody making noises or movements and let’s face it – just doing something completely embarrasing!

Need me to prove it? Here are some pictures I snapped this past weekend at the Atlantic National (a ROV show for the Angus breed in Timonium, Maryland).

NJAA Board Members Cody Smith & Garrett Knebel getting the animal's attention so that their ears are forward.

Cody doing a great job of getting ears!

It isn't very often you see Tim Fitzgerald without a hat on!