It’s literally the most important thing that happens on our farm and it’s happening now! Just ask the little red hen, if you want to eat the bread, first you have to plant the seeds!
Planting time is the most intense season on the farm. There are an estimated 10 days that are just right for planting corn in our area. Even if we had perfect conditions (which we won’t) and no break downs (that won’t happen either!) there is no way we could plant all our corn in 10 days. But we try.
During the first two days of our planting season the tractor ran around the clock. Grandpa traded off with Daddy in the middle of the night so Daddy could get a few hours of sleep.
It’s also not just putting seeds in the ground that is so time-sensetive. Daddy got out of bed a the usual time the next morning so Grandpa could put on fertilizer and crop protection products, which are every bit as critical.
Monsoon-like rains put an end to our field work late Saturday night and this morning there is snow on the ground. Like I said, we won’t be getting ideal weather! The weather man says we should be in the mid 60s again in two days with lots of wind as well, so the ground will dry out and we’ll be back in the fields. While not ideal by any means, the snow shouldn’t stop the seeds from growing once the weather warms up.
Just please weather, do warm up!