It took a while, but spring has finally arrived. The snow has stopped falling, the temperatures have risen, and the rain has stopped…..for now. All of these things decided to finally work together to allow the farmers to get in the fields!
Before the weather got the memo that it was spring though, farming was still in full swing. Just the other day I pulled into the farm and I think every single piece of equipment was out of the barns. That’s usually a sure sign of power washing. Power washing isn’t the only maintenance; the equipment also gets pulled into the shop for oil changes, inspections, and part changes.
Now with all of the technology farmers use to manage their operations, time is also devoted to programming GPS, reviewing soil tissue sample results, and downloading field maps. A few Sundays ago my husband and our business partner, Nathan, spent the evening updating programs and maps that are displayed on monitors in the tractors during planting season. The maps show the exact outlines of the fields and show us each row that is covered as fertilizer is applied or seed is planted.
Last week (when I started writing this post) we had two pieces of equipment running. Nathan was running the sprayer, killing all of the weeds and cover crops before we plant seed. My husband was running one of the tractors and the fertilizer cart, getting the soil ready for seed. Since then, we’ve gotten some rain, and the work has moved to the shop. They have spent countless hours working on the planter making sure it is ready to go when the weather decides that IT is ready.
And among all of this, my father in law is loading corn from the grain storage bin to take to the elevator, and hauling straw to fulfill contracts. Everyone seems to have their “job” but the great part is they all work together and never stop moving. And there are two more integral people in the mix, who started it all, my husband’s grandparents. They check in daily and make sure everyone has everything they need. They run to town to get parts, make sure the bills get paid, and Grandpa always leaves us with some of his knowledge. Oh and they usually bring food, too– which I am pretty sure no one can deny is definitely important!