Autumn is defined as the season occurring between summer and winter; when leaves change color and fall to the ground. Also known as fall, autumn, traditionally lasts from mid September to mid December. Unless you live in South Dakota, where it is possible to see snow in early October.
As a kid I loved fall. It promised a new set of 4-H calves to start working on! Fall meant weaning and breaking calves to sell and 4-H families coming to look at cattle. Autumn guaranteed a break from the hot and humid Nebraska summer, High School Football games and school activities. It was busy and fun.
On the ranch, fall is welcome with open arms! It means the hustle and bustle of summer is slowing down. There is plenty of work to do, but we take a more laid back approach than we do in the summer. A few fall activities include hauling hay, preconditioning calves, moving cattle home from summer grass, and weaning calves. One of these days J and I have an appointment to clean out the chicken coop and we need to stain the deck.
Social gathering pick up in the fall. We like attending the home High School Football games and the rural volunteer fire departments host fundraising pancake feeds.
Speaking of Football … I am a Nebraskan at heart and a fair-weather Huskers fan. I like to catch the game, if it is on TV.
Another fall activity I am excited about is the South Dakota Women In Ag Conference. Last year Miss J and I went for the first time. We can’t wait to take in more of the conference this year!
Cool crisp mornings and sunny warm afternoons. Baking with pumpkin and simmering soup. Cheers from the hometown football crowd and bawling calves. Hooded sweatshirts and down vests. Yea, fall is here!
What is your favorite season?