I spent to morning working on marketing plans for livestock nutrition specifically goats and sheep in Tennessee and Kentucky and the afternoon was spent getting my picture take and finger prints done for a new permanent residency (green) card. I am pretty sure I got all the cow poop off my boots before I went in for my appointment! For those that don't know I am actually a Canadian living in the U.S., and now a permanent resident. And if you haven't seen/heard I chopped my hair off and I am loving it.
I got to check out the new gain bin that the Boy's family put up. This bin will hold 175,000 bushels of corn. Which is huge! The biggest bin we had before this only held 60,000 bushels. In 2013, Iowa corn growers grew an average of 165 bushels per acre. Nationally, the average is 158.8 bushels per acre. (Source: USDA January 2014) Harvest will start this fall and hopefully this thing is full!
I also spent a lot of time working on the heifers that we'll be taking to the Iowa State Fair. This heifer is named Sweet Emotion. She was born the beginning of January. Of course a morning in the barn requires a Chai Tea Latte courtesy of my Keurig.
Sweet corn is officially in season in Northeast Iowa so that meant a trip to the farmers market. I also couldn't pass up on these homemade pickles. We are very fortunate to have a large Amish community just north of our town and you can get all kinds of great baked good and canning from them.