Spring has finally arrived here at T-T Ranch. The last month has kept us busy getting cows out to pastures and starting the "Circle of Life" again, with the bulls meeting their new girlfriends a couple of weeks ago. There is one group of heifers left to artificially inseminate this week, and then we will have all of the cattle out to pasture. We will be getting haying equipment ready and moving on to getting ready for the next calving season.
We have been blessed to have a new member on our team since January. Jace Zeit is an intern from Kansas State University, who will be with us until August. He has been an incredible team member and we have truly appreciated all of his hard work. We wouldn't be able to do all of the things we do here at T-T Ranch without the help of Jace and the rest of our team!
After a long winter, spring is finally here. At T-T Ranch, that means one thing - everyone is busy. While our operation has both crop and cattle enterprises, this blog update will focus on the crop side. Next time, we will give you a glimpse of the ongoing activities related to our beef cattle herd.
On the crop side of our operation, seeding is underway. This year we will grow barley, durum, corn and soybeans on our North Dakota farm. Historically, we've always planted a large portion of our acres to small grains (barley and durum). However, due to several different factors, we will not plant as many small grain acres this year. In fact, this will be the fewest acres of small grains we've ever planted.
The late spring prevented us from getting in the field as early as we would've liked, so we have had to change our planting plans several times. Plans continue to change on a daily basis. Today is May 14 and the frost is still coming out, which makes it extremely difficult to plant because fields are still fairly wet. However, we feel very fortunate that we've already started seeding, because some farmers haven't been able to start yet.
As of today, 100 percent of the barley acres and 95 percent of the durum acres are planted. We have also planted 50 percent of our corn acres and 25 percent of our soybean acres.
Spring is one of the busiest times of the year at T-T Ranch, and it requires all hands on deck (even the next generation helps with planting, check out the pictures below). We are thankful for everyone who works hard this time of year, including seed and chemical dealers, mechanics and crop scouts, just to name a few!