It’s only the middle of April

It’s only the middle of April

Yesterday, my husband planted 400 acres of corn.  That’s just crazy. Well, it would be more accurate to say that he drove the tractor with the planter over 400 acres, and there were lots of people working in front of him to make it all happen:  his dad with the sprayer, our reproductive guy on the dairy with the rock picker, and a few different people running a field cultivator, and even a disc .   Vince was definitely in the mix, too. 

Just a bit of resemblance?

I think it is so neat that the planting moves forward with such efficiency.  A lot of people put in time prior to planting to get everything absolutely ready to roll when the soil is warm enough and dry enough.  We’ve recently done a bit of reassigning of roles at the dairy, and we now have a man working pretty much full-time as a mechanic and it has really been great. 

However, today was Sunday, and on Sundays — we don’t roll. I did not grow up being as deliberate about resting on the Lord’s Day, but I treasure it now — and can see why God has this worked in for us. 

So, on Sundays, we still work some because there are things that are daily with animals, but the tractors stay parked. 

One of my hobbies is gardening.  Every spring, Joe takes a bit of a Sunday afternoon to till my garden. Lots of excitement with it this time!

 

Ava immediately declared, “We need seeds!”.


  The soil looks absolutely terrific. 

Joe does not help in the garden beyond this one day each spring. Once, when we were much younger, we went strawberry picking together at night and he just said he didn’t understand why this was supposed to be fun. The joke around the farm is that Joe and his co-workers are “large-scale gardeners”, so we are really enjoying the same things, just in different ways. 

Joe really loves the season of planting and the thought that, every year, this could be the absolutely best crop he has ever grown.  A couple days ago, our mechanic told me the number of days until corn silage harvesting starts (his favorite season) and well, that’s just crazy.   

In any case, I am excited to start my garden with the kids.  I’m not planning on anything super new or exciting right now, but just wait until I walk into a greenhouse. 

 

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Time for planting corn

Farmers everywhere are out in the fields right now.  Those that grow corn and soybeans always start by planting corn, then soybeans.  During harvest, the order is reversed.  Soybeans don’t take nearly as many days to mature.

Having enough days to mature is definitely a concern now.  Last year, everybody was in the field early and finished planting very soon.  This year, corn planting is WAY behind schedule.  The soil was just too wet and cool.  Last Tuesday, on May 7, my husband planted 80 acres of corn and then it began to rain.  It rained on Wednesday and Thursday and then took 2 days to dry out.  We don’t roll on Sundays, so you can imagine the hurry to get going on Monday.

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It wasn’t much of a photo shoot…one click of the camera and into the tractor they went!

On a great day with minimal break-downs, Joe can plant 450 acres.  This means no breakfast, lunch or dinner with the family, but we understand.  It also means not watching your daughter sing and do finger-plays for her preschool graduation.

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I simply cannot believe this little girl is off to kindergarten in the fall.

Right now, there is a 60% chance of rain here tonight and 60% chance on Sunday.  Eek!  One of the most difficult things about farming is that you are at the mercy of the weather.  I can’t imagine trying to be a farmer without trusting that the Lord will care for you and that He always knows your needs.

Speaking of the weather, I was reading a publication called The Farmer (creative, right?)  http://magissues.farmprogress.com/MOR/MR05May13/mor015.pdf and their weatherman is predicting June and July to have lots of rain showers and thunderstorms from Minnesota south to Missouri, and off to the Northeast.  The drought is supposed to show significant improvement in those areas.  In Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, the temperatures during June-July are supposed to be below average.

Right here in Worthington, Minnesota, the city has imposed a ban on non-essential water use.  This includes watering trees, flowers, and gardens.  No washing out your dog kennel or washing your car in your front drive.  No flower baskets along downtown streets and no landscaping around the new Events Center.

Hopefully, if that weatherman is correct, things can get back to normal for the city residents soon.  Joe would sure like to get that corn seed in the ground first, though:)

P.S.  I just published this blog post and realized that it definitely reads as though my husband is a one-man show.  Which is very far from the truth.  It is just that I capture more photos of him, and he usually is the one in the tractor with the planter!  His dad, along with 3 other dedicated employees, work hard to ‘prepare the way’.  That includes things like picking rock, spraying, digging, and hauling seed.