Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spring at the Farm

(Jan) We rolled into Iowa last Friday.  After a winter spent in the desert southwest and a at trip through the desert mountains in New Mexico, the greens of the Midwest were very vivid.  As our friend Dee said, “I love how many shades of green there are in the spring.” Amazing; trees, wheat fields, bushes, grasses, alfalfa fields! There were a few crabapple and redbud trees in bloom but mostly it was a pallet of glorious shades of green! And what make all of those things grow?  Rain, of course! We arrived at the farm around 4:00 in the rain & thus, on very muddy roads. In our area many of the fields are bare and waiting for seed to be planted to turn into corn or soybean fields.

011 (Chuck) A week after arriving at the farm, Lynn was planting corn. He has a newer 16 row planter that is equipped with the latest GPS systems that assist the planting and mapping of the fields. Occasionally, it is still necessary to “dig for the seed” and insure the seed is properly placed in the ground. In this picture Lynn is doing double duty. He is checking seed and organizing his hired help with the use of his cell phone.

securedownload Today was one of those hot, windy and unsettled days in the Midwest . Those of us who have lived in the area know that these days often bring violent weather. At this time we are on the edge of one of those big thunderstorms that bring excitement to the area. With any luck it will bring enough moisture to start the seed and not too much to cause damage to the fields. This is just another day in farm country. We depend on the weather, sometimes it brings us enough rain and sometimes too much rain.

1 comment:

Nancy said...

What an interesting post, you two. Enjoyed the descriptions of the spring in the Midwest. And how clearly you illustrated the "modern farmer" -- using GPS to plot the planting. That photo of your friend in the field looking for the seed while on his cell phone is priceless!
Thinking of you.

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