As a young child, my father was a rice farmer in Crowley, Louisiana; “The Rice Capital of America”. Now as an adult I live in Arkansas, rice producing state.
Arkansas is the nation’s largest rice growing state, producing half of the nation’s rice and nearly nine billion pounds annually. Arkansas ranks first among rice producing states.
Rice production is concentrated in the eastern half of the state. The top five rice producing counties are Arkansas, Poinsett, Cross, Lawrence and Lonoke. Arkansas rice is sodium, cholesterol and gluten free. Rice has only a trace of fat and has not trans fat or saturated fat.
The fall and harvest time seemed to fly by. (It is still fall!)
We just finished our Thanksgiving and turned the calendar page to December. We were lucky to get most our late crops harvested, but still had oats to get in and this has proved to be challenging. Our haybine has broken down again and our son’s self-propelled haybine also broke down with one and 1/2 rows left in the field. I guess we were supposed to leave this grain for the deer and wild turkeys.
We are conscious of the very unsettling weather all over the country. The turbulent weather that locked in Dallas and most of the country has now made its way to New Jersey. On Sunday, snowflakes started to fall before lunchtime and quickly covered everything. We settled in to watch the Eagles football game. The field was covered and blizzard-like conditions continued through most of the game. We ended up getting over 8″ of heavy, wet snow.
Snow and ice are always a challenge on a farm – people and animals slip and fall – but our biggest concern is a feed delivery by tractor trailer and getting our milk truck in the yard at 4 a.m. We put in a call to our township road coordinator to alert them about the snow and ice covered roads to our farm. (We experienced a jackknifed milk tractor trailer some years back when black ice set in. We hope to avoid this kind of problem.) Our farm yard is small and a challenge to get the rig in and backed around to the milk house area.
Cold weather is not generally a problem for dairy cattle – but nasty, wet rain or snow is a whole different challenge. We don’t generally have such severe cold this early in the NJ Atlantic area.
So, today we put on another sweater under our heavy coat and pull up our hood and head for the barn – hoping the water pipes hold and have not frozen.
We thank God for another day in our life on our dairy farm in New Jersey.
If I never had to put on a pair of shoes I would be very happy!! Living on a farm with equipment and animals does not bode well for me to go outside without shoes.
An article with research information from the “Journal of Environmental and Public Health” reported “earthing” (the practice of putting your bare feet in contact with the ground) suggests that going barefoot outside for 20 minutes a day could ease joint muscle pain in up to 72% of women.
The researchers reported that walking barefoot allows the body to soak up electrons – particles in the earth that can neutralize free radicals to calm inflammation. (This information was taken from an article published in a recent “First for Women” publication.)
My most favorite “barefoot” time would be at the Jersey Shore – in the sand – at the water line! I just don’t get to do that very often.