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Combines, Balers and Planters Oh My!
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By Katie Stockstill Sawyer
My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas. I married into the farming world in December 2010 and have spent every minute learning all that I can about farming and ...
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My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas. I married into the farming world in December 2010 and have spent every minute learning all that I can about farming and the rural lifestyle. I work in town as the marketing and communications manager for a commercial construction company, mobile occupational services company and safety consulting and training firm. In the hours outside the office, I help on the farm in any way I can – and sometimes that means just staying out of the way. This blog tracks my experiences as I learn what a life on the farm really means. I wouldn’t change this lifestyle for the world. Farmers and ranchers are some of the hardest working individuals in the world and they do what they do 365 days a year to ensure everyone has access to a safe, healthy and affordable food supply. If you want to learn more about agriculture or our operation, please don’t hesitate to contact me on this blog or at katie.sawyer@sawyerlandandcattle.com. I would love to show you around.
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June 25, 2013 12:01 a.m.



When people think of wheat harvest, combines come to mind. But there is so much more happening in the wheat fields outside our home.

Following the combine is the baler, collecting the stalks of the wheat and creating round bales to use for bedding and feed for our cattle this winter.

After that, the planter enters the field, planting soybean or grain sorghum seed in the wheat stubble. This is often called double-cropping and allows us an opportunity get a second crop into the ground, which we will harvest this fall.

With all of the machines – not the mention the trucks hauling the wheat to the elevators – there is a lot happening in our fields and tons of trucks and implements on the roads.

Harvest is a super busy two-week period but when it’s all over, we will have grain in storage, soybeans in the dirt and straw bales on the ground.

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