Another Classic Hits, Meal in the Field, was happily delivered to the Sieben family at their farm northwest of Luseland.
With the bit of rain the area got earlier in the day, everyone was able to have a nice, although I’m sure short-lived, break and enjoy some tasty pizza and fixings.
Bonnie Sieben who entered and won the draw informed us that it was her husband Daryl’s birthday as well, so I obviously had to bring a birthday hat for him to wear during lunch.
Daryl has spent his whole life on their family farm where they currently have 360 head of cattle and farm wheat, peas, lentils, canola and a little bit of corn for cattle feed. He did say though, like much of Saskatchewan, the conditions have been on the dry side, only accumulating about four to five inches of rain. In regards to feed for the cattle, Daryl said, “the hay wasn’t as good as we thought it would be but we’ll get by with some corn turned out to be ok, and we’ll make it work with whatever we have to do.”
They are about one third through harvesting their 4,800 acres and they think they should be wrapped up in about two to three weeks, weather dependant. He added that the crop quality should be fairly good with little to no issues from insects, diseases or fungus in the crops, and are expecting surprisingly good yields given the lack of moisture. “It wasn’t a lot of rain, but it was timed out pretty good to give us some good yields,” said Daryl.
It was a fun, full house of family and long time friends and employees of the Sieben farm including Bonnie and Daryl’s two sons, Alex and Will and their daughter Ellie. Bonnie was gracious enough to share about Sam, who was their eldest son and would have been 11. He sadly was taken too soon as he passed away last December. Bonnie said he loved the farm, likely knew more about farm equipment than most farmers, and that he is missed everyday.
When asked about why he loves farming, Daryl laughed and said that they all do and that his son Alex will fight for time in the combine during harvest. However, he did end by saying that nothing beats combining a good crop or seeing big healthy calves in the spring.
Congratulations Sieben family and all the best through the rest of your harvest!