So, what do you do all day on the farm?

We had another great question come in to the blog from a reader:

Q:  “Can you tell me about your typical day? Do you spend all day driving around in a tractor? What kind of work can you get done in a day?”

A:  In our operation we raise corn and soybeans and have an Angus cattle herd and a cattle finishing facility. We enjoy our two children and spend a lot of time together as they work beside us daily in between school. Today is a spring day which starts at 6 a.m. with checking the cows that are still calving. Then we move on to chores. This consists of feeding the fat cattle and checking water tanks. After all livestock is cared for, we begin filling the planter and heading out to the field. We will plant till mid-afternoon then start chores all over again. In addition to the chores in the afternoon, we check all cow/calf pairs that are in the pastures along with the fences and water. If nothing needs attention we head back out to the field and begin planting again until the day ends around 9 p.m. No two days are ever the same on the farm:  one day the equipment needs repairs, other days we need to ship a load of grain to the ethanol plant or, there are weeds in the fields that need to be controlled. Every day is an adventure, seven-days-a-week and on call 24 hours-a-day on the farm!

— Greg and Malinda Villwok, Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher committee members and Wayne County Farm Bureau members

Keep asking great questions! Our Nebraska farmers and ranchers look forward to explaining what they do every day to produce safe food for you and your family.

Learn more about ag families in Nebraska by visiting www.nefb.org. And while there, be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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