A Farmers Wife and Life

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How Much Manure Does It Take…. May 12, 2014

How many pounds of manure does it take to make a gallon of diesel fuel? Pop on over to the Ag Waste Solutions  Facebook page to choose from  the multiple choice answers there. While you’re there you can catch up with what’s happening here on our farm and with AWS.

https://www.facebook.com/AgWasteSolutions

http://www.agwastesolutions.com

 

 

 

Oh My Gosh I Love Spring! March 25, 2014

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Spring! 

Oh My Gosh I Love Spring! It’s a rebirth of everything… even here in sunny So. Cali where we really never get to experience all four seasons, we do however have Spring. Spring comes in with a newness everywhere here on our farm. Lets take a walk around… and I’ll share with you what I see everyday. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by nature and all of her beauty.

 

We’ll start in Bruce’s and my yard… flowers are bursting forth all over… here is just a sampling of what Spring gives us.

Our newest rose... "Mustard & Ketchup" - YES... that IS it's name! Isn't that cool!

Our newest rose… “Mustard & Ketchup” – YES… that IS it’s name! Isn’t that cool!

 

Our "Fruitless Plum Tree", still just a baby but it puts out flowers for several months... and now is beginning to leaf out as well.

Our “Fruitless Plum Tree”, still just a baby but it puts out flowers for several months… and now is beginning to leaf out as well.

 

Baby Zucchini Squash! And Cucumber still enjoying a "mini-hothouse" home until it's a little bit bigger.

Baby Zucchini Squash! And Cucumber still enjoying a “mini-hothouse” home until it’s a little bit bigger.

The bees are enjoying our California Poppies just as much as I am.

The bees are enjoying our California Poppies just as much as I am.

Our poor Meyer Lemon tree took quite a hit this winter... there are just a few lemons for lemonade this summer, but it is covered with new blossoms for it's next crop.

Our poor Meyer Lemon tree took quite a hit this winter… there are just a few lemons for lemonade this summer, but it is covered with new blossoms for it’s next crop.

My first year of trying strawberries.. these beauties will be moving into our new greenhouse once its completed.

My first year of trying strawberries.. these beauties will be moving into our new greenhouse once its completed.

Lavender, oh my it smells good!

Lavender, oh my it smells good!

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I love the look of Wisteria dripping down from the eaves of the house. The BIG wood bees love the Wisteria too.😏

I love the look of Wisteria dripping down from the eaves of the house. The BIG wood bees love the Wisteria too.😏

Ok – leaving our yard we’ll travel east along the driveway and we’ll come to “Lake Scott” a “tongue-in-cheek” name for a pond of run-off water alongside our driveway. I love the serenity of this area… there are always birds there… ducks, killdeers, red-winged blackbirds and the occasional heron.

Do you call them Pollywogs or Tadpoles? Either way these baby frogs are enjoying the ponds we have here on the farm this time of year. Their parents seranade us nightly.😊

Do you call them Pollywogs or Tadpoles? Either way these baby frogs are enjoying the ponds we have here on the farm this time of year. Their parents seranade us nightly.😊

A Red Winged Black Bird coming in to land alongside "Lake Scott".

A Red Winged Black Bird coming in to land alongside “Lake Scott”.

Heading up towards the dairy we walk through several fields of Italian Ryegrass. This is one of my favorite crops we grow, not only is it GREAT for the cows, full of protein, but it’s beautiful as well. Green as I would imagine Ireland to be… this grass is just beautiful in my humble opinion.

Looking towards the dairy over a field of Italian Ryegrass.

Looking towards the dairy over a field of Italian Ryegrass.

Baby calves are an almost dairy occurrence on our farm... but I couldn't not share a baby's first steps in Spring.

Baby calves are an almost dairy occurrence on our farm… but I couldn’t not share a baby’s first steps in Spring.

I grew up with horses… it was an idyllic way to spend a day… riding on your horse through green green fields. Here are two of our nieces enjoying that same freedom… isn’t this every girls dream?

Our nieces sharing stories of their day while enjoying the warm weather of Spring and riding their beloved horses.

Our nieces sharing stories of their day while enjoying the warm weather of Spring and riding their beloved horses.

Leaving the dairy area we’ll head south and drop by the ponds to see if there are any ducks about.

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Startled the ducks fly off to complain noisily in the air until we leave.

Yes there were and startled the ducks fly off to complain noisily in the air until we leave.

Spring brings us some rain... but mostly clouds... which the sun peeks through persistently. 

Spring brings us some rain… but mostly clouds… which unfortunately today the sun is peeking through persistently.

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Green fields of Alfalfa make a perfect playground for an energetic young dog. Here he is waiting patiently for me to throw a ball for him to go find and fetch.

Green fields of Alfalfa make a perfect playground for an energetic young dog. Here he is waiting patiently for me to throw a ball for him to go find and fetch.

 

Returning to our home you'll be greeted by Aloe Vera... a handy plant to have around and a beautiful plant in the Spring when it bursts into bloom.

Returning to our home you’ll be greeted by Aloe Vera… a handy plant to have around and a beautiful plant in the Spring when it bursts into bloom.

And now we’re completed a circle and we’re done with our quick trip through Spring here on our farm.  I wish you all a wonderful Spring… and to my Kiwi friends who follow this blog… it’s Fall there on your beautiful land isn’t it (?)… another of my favorite seasons. Wherever it is that you are reading this, I wish you enjoyment of Nature.. stop and listen… smell, and feel what Mother Nature is sharing with you and I’m sure that you’ll soon be smiling.

Kai - ready and willing to go again... he loves "his" ATV!😊

Kai – ready and willing to go again… he loves “his” ATV!😊

God Bless! 🌺

 

 

 

 

World Ag Expo & Progressive Dairy Seminar February 25, 2014

You’ll have to forgive me, the weather has been really unusually warm here in Southern California and I’ve had the gardening bug! But at long last I have made myself stay inside, I’ve set down to the computer, put  fingers to keyboard, and I’m catching up, at least a bit, on this blog. Which I LOVE to do… but I LOVE gardening better!!

We’ve been to the World Ag Expo (locally know as “The Farm Show”) in Tulare and the Progressive Dairy seminar was everything we hoped for and more! It was standing room only and following the presentation people had a lot of really good questions and we thoroughly enjoyed our time both at the Farm Show and in Tulare Dairy Country! I’ve included a URL to the video (see bottom of  this post) that was presented at the seminar, please take a moment to watch it as it’s very informative about our Waste to Fuel project. Bruce, his brother Brad and Steve McCorkle do an excellent job of telling “our story” and I can’t help it, I’m just very proud of my husband and this project!

Bruce & I with our "Circle of Energy".

Bruce & I with our “Circle of Energy”.

Bruce, Steve & Brad answering questions from the audience.

Bruce, Steve & Brad answering questions from the audience.

Walt Cooley of Progressive Dairy Magazine introducing Bruce, Steve & Brad.

Walt Cooley of Progressive Dairy Magazine introducing Bruce, Steve & Brad.

Bruce & Brad in the Progressive Dairy Seminar Room

Bruce & Brad in the Progressive Dairy Seminar Room

Stay tuned for another blog entry within the next couple days of a long-awaited video of one of the commercials that was filmed here on our farm! It’s the one of the Time Machine where the farmer goes back in time to fix something he didn’t get done and it’s fun but not at all what we expected. It’s much shorter than I thought it would be, and it also doesn’t use any of the footage that they took out in the fields or from outside the warehouse (or what they call a barn) and it really doesn’t show that much of our property.  But those are our trees in the background of our backyard that you can barely see through the “rain”. And speaking of “rain”…. it sure would be nice to get some…  mother nature has been very stingy this year and we here in California are in a serious drought.

And now I just have to put in a plug for technology, I love it! I  dictated this blog entry as I drove home from an unexpected trip to Temecula the other day and it saved me oodles of time!

Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead.

 

And They Came Riding In On Three Big Buses February 10, 2014

Three Buses, LOTS of People, Plenty of California Sunshine =  A Very Nice Day to Tour a Dairy

Just over a week ago we hosted a group from Dairy Management Inc.* who were here in So. California for a meeting in the Palm Springs area . Approximately 130 people traveled from their meeting to see our dairy and participate in four different discussion sessions of shared information: Water & Natural Nutrient Recycling, Comfortable, Healthy & Well Fed Cows, Efficiencies and to listen to Steve McCorkle, CEO of Ag Waste Solutions discuss our joint venture of turning cow manure into diesel fuel; and as a side line bonus they also were able to enjoy some warm Californian sunshine.

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The Buses Arrive

As the buses pulled into the dairy Bruce, Brad and I each boarded a bus to give a quick tour of the farm. As I boarded my bus to give a “cooks tour” of our farm the butterflies were fluttering in my stomach… but everyone was warm and welcoming and once I figured out how to use the pesky microphone I think it all went well. We quickly (they were on a tight time frame) did a loop past our cows, then around the northwest section of our farm taking in the sights of an Italian Rye crop planted under our westernmost pivot line… then onto our retention ponds, past our pumping station and back towards the dairy to disembark at the “big barn” where the “manure to fuel” project with Ag Waste Solutions is housed.

Everyone broke into four different groups at this point and most put on protective “booties” over their shoes (blue booties in picture below). Then off to their respective stations for 20 minutes of discussion before then walking to the next station until all four had been visited.

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Brad Scott Discusses Keeping Cows Comfortable and Well Fed

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Bruce Scott Discusses Water & Nutrient Recycling

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Ryan Anglin of Anglin Farms in Arkansas Discusses Energy Efficiencies

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Steve McCorkle CEO of Ag Waste Solutions Demonstrates How His Water Recovery Module Works

Lunch was under a tent which came with carpeting(!) and then everyone enjoyed Scott Brothers Dairy soft serve yogurt. Yummy!!! On a nice warm (mid 80’s) day it was appreciated by all believe me.

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A Beautiful Sunny California Day for a Picnic Under a Big Tent

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Brad Scott thanking the DMI group for visiting our dairy.

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Ryan Anglin thanking Scott Brothers Dairy for their hospitality.

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Bruce Scott, Ryan Anglin, Brad Scott & Stan Scott

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Brian Hanna of the Scott Brothers Dairy Creamery Serving Soft Serve Yogurt to our Guests

I wish there had been more time to get to know these folks… some were from the frozen regions of Minnesota and Wisconsin, others from New York, New Jersey, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and several of the mid-western states. All had fascinating stories to tell of their homes, their farms, their lives. We here at Scott Brothers Dairy thank the DMI group for their interest in our farm and feel blessed that we were able to share our family owned farm with so many wonderful people.

*Dairy Management Inc.™ (DMI) is funded by America’s nearly 49,000 dairy farmers, as well as dairy importers. Created to help increase sales and demand for dairy products, DMI and its related organizations work to increase demand for dairy through research, education and innovation, and to maintain confidence in dairy foods, farms and businesses. DMI manages National Dairy Council and the American Dairy Association, and founded the U.S. Dairy Export Council, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy and the Dairy Research Institute. DMI works with state and regional promotion organizations to implement these programs across the country.

 

Look Who’s On The Cover! February 9, 2014

Bruce, Stan & Brad Scott

Bruce, Stan & Brad Scott

More to come later this week… but let me just say this tonight… I’m so proud of our family! And don’t the guys look good gracing the cover of this magazine! 

 

What Led You To Chose This Technology? February 6, 2014

 

Another Day Another Tour January 29, 2014

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Good Morning! It looks to be a beautiful day here in So. California. Today we, Scott Brothers Dairy Farms, welcome Dairy Management Inc. to our farm for a tour of our facilities.  It promises to be a fun, albeit busy, day! Pictures and more info to follow soon.