We have been busy the last week trying to get lots of spring field work done before the storm. Not the thunderstorm or rain storm or even hail storm, but a snow storm!
Besides putting seeds in the ground there is a lot of field work to do in the spring.
Admittedly, driving chickens around on a toy tractor isn’t one of them… But it made me laugh!
Actually this week Daddy hired a local cooperative to come spread plant food on several of our fields.
This three-wheeled contraption spreads phosphorous, potassium and a little bit of nitrogen on fields that will grow soybeans. Soybeans, like all plants, need nutrients from the soil. We try to help them out as best we can by leaving corn stalks and other dead plant matter in the soil to break down into food, but they also like the extra snack the fertilizer provides them!
From this view you can see small bits flying through the air. (Look close!) There is a wheel at the base of the truck’s bed that spins. As a chain pulls the N,P, &K (those are the chemical expressions for nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium) down, the wheel spins and sends the plant food all across the field! In this photo you also see what looks like tall grass. That’s rye and Daddy planted it last fall so it could be more food for this year’s plants, as well as keep the weeds to a minimum. He’s so innovative ;-).
The cooperative (know by farmers as the co-op, which gets confusing if you’re a homeschool family also participating in a co-op!!) also sends out a guy in a semi truck full of more N,P, & K. When the spreader is empty it drives over, the guys swing the auger out over the spreader and fills the tank again.
We’re all about happy plants :-).