Just plain cool!
Found this going through some boxes. Piece of Olmsted County Fair memorabilia that probably dates to my grandfathers time. Pretty cool. 20th Annual fair in 1923. Ads for the Kahler hotel with room rates $2-$6 dollars per day or $4,00 to $8.00 per day with meals. Ad for the case motor company and the Homestead stock farm of Stewartville, MN. “hereford cattle” H.W. Wood, owner. Its a stapled book so I can’t open it and lay it flat on the scanner without damaging it. So I can’t scan the ads.
Here is a picture of some of the honey supers stacked up after the honey has been extracted from them. I leave them out and the bees find them and pretty quickly clean up the last dregs of honey that are left in the supers.
A bit cold outside so I thought I would add a nice green springtime Pic. In late August of 2011 we applied winter rye into growing soybeans. The rye took root and began to grow and then went dormant in the fall. In the spring of 2012 the rye began growing again. On May 8th it looked like this. The rye does not interfere with the soybeans the year before and then aids soil microbial activity in the winter/spring and finally provides biomass when it is incorporated into the soil.
Every once in awhile a hen will just become dead set on laying eggs in a secret spot and avoiding the laying barn altogether. Occasionally I lock the birds up for a couple of days to keep them laying where they are supposed to.
However, when a hen is determined she will avoid being locked up and succed in raising a clutch of eggs. This one was earlier in the spring. I thought of it because she did it again and is raising a second batch.
You can’t beat raking hay in the summer. The fragrance of fresh hay, the Karl Kuerner like images of windrows against the backdrop of tree covered hills. And most importantly finding a patch of ripening blackcaps! I could pick a bunch to bring home and let others enjoy them….but I never do.
Honeybees swarm when the colony becomes crowded. They create what is called a swarm cell, which is a cell producing a new queen, and a few days before it hatches the old queen and about 1/2 of the bees take leave of the colony. In this case the swarm stopped over on a tree outside the house and I was able to capture it and use it to start a new colony.
Received the first shipment of chicks on monday. Got them settled in with a non-medicated starter ration and water. They actually received a live virus coccidiosis vaccine prior to being shipped which precludes giving them any medication. The vaccine was administered by sending the chicks through a spray cabinet which doses the chicks with the vaccine mixed with a dye. The dye encourages preening behaviour which results in the chicks ingesting the vaccine.
Working land for Gary behind the Silver Creek Reservoir in Haverhill Township I stopped and snapped this photo. In the foreground on the water are a couple clutches of ducks. Pretty impressive how a flood control structure can add a little slice of nature in the otherwise agrarian landscape.