Letter to Dave

Dear Dave,
I like this time of year as it is easy to be sentimental. In the middle of summer, I just want to survive and not get heat exhaustion. In the middle of winter, I just want to keep the sidewalks and driveway clear of snow-and survive. Now is the time when we enter the season of harmless temperatures and change, I love it.

I found out last week that the 1982 Marshall County Central football team plans to tailgate Friday night during the all-school reunion. This was a group of people who came together for one year of really great football. The year prior was pretty good and the year after was pretty good but the fall of 1982 saw an excellent Nordic football team. I let my mind trail back to this time every once in a while but most of that high school stuff gets crowded out by work, bills and living as a person ages. This little visit to 1982 will be a nice retreat.

Combines are the most popular means of transportation this time of year, Dave. Grain harvest has gone very well around here and I’ve heard pretty good yield averages. Between drought and an impending first frost, it is hard to say what will happen with corn and beans. I keep hearing stories that the ground is so dry and hard that some farmers are waiting to chisel plow in hopes we will get a little rain to loosen up the ground. I even heard one farmer was tilling the ground until the shovels on his chisel plow glowed from friction. It’s a strange year out in the field, Dave. I just hope we can avoid the wildfires like we had back in 2012.

Most of the projects on the farm have tired themselves out, Dave. I have a few things to finish up but to do so requires digging a hole. To dig a hole would require a jackhammer or dynamite so the ground remains untouched. I did hire someone to no-till some clover and rye grass into a few paddocks of pasture which makes me feel accomplished even though I real did nothing to complete the task.

Cats and calves seem to being okay around here, Dave. I think we finally shook off the scourge of foot rot from the cattle. I think most of us equate wet weather with more bovine foot rot but the dry, tough pasture seems to create small cuts in between the hooves of the cattle. These cuts allow foot rot and the condition seems to have been pretty wide-spread this summer. It has been two weeks without a case so I hope we are out of the woods. The cats are the same-in control and very demanding but I guess we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Anyway, tell everyone hello, Dave
Your little bro’

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