The sun seems a bit shy this year, but despite the cold, Daddy is getting ready for spring planting! Today’s task is getting the planter ready. The planter is one of the most important pieces of equipment on our farm because it puts the seeds into the soil. Without that, there is nothing to farm! Getting each seed at the right depth with soil pushed in on all sides is a big goal, but Daddy keeps working to make that happen. After purchasing the planter we have now, Daddy took off many of the parts it came with and replaced them with parts from a company called Precision Planting. And each spring he checks each part, replaces broken pieces, oils, cleans and otherwise repairs the planter.
Here you see Daddy using a tourch to remove a bolt that was stripped.
This is the part he was working on. These are 16 of these on the planter and each one must be in perfect working order!
To adjust the row openers Daddy crawls in under the planter. All is well and good until he needs a tool and has to crawl back out to get it!
Brett, Anna, and the farm dog Ben are great help to our hired man, Cory.
But Cory gets the job done anyhow!
The planter isn’t the only piece of equipment that must be prepared for spring. In this photo you see a line-up of the tractors and the equipment they run that are ready for the sun to start shining!
The green and yellow thing on the end may look like the planter, but actually its a drill. A drill does the same job as a planter- it puts seeds into the ground- but it does it a different way. We use the drill to plant seeds that aren’t as picky about perfection, like wheat. Some of our soybeans are planted with the drill too. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to plant everything with the planter.
What about you? Are you as ready for spring as I am?!