I ran across a picture I posted on my personal Facebook page a few years back and I’m sharing it with you today.
We were in the midst of a very busy planting season and some how a ketchup bottle fell out of the fridge and I was so tired and busy it took me 3 days to actually get back around to cleaning it up.
It’s been a crazy planting season here but we were blessed with decent weather and our corn, soybeans and dry beans are all planted.
Here are my reflections on How You Know It’s Planting Season:
** The weather app is your new best friend or worst enemy
** Clouds induce paranoia
** Changes in weather forecast can make your farmer come unglued
** That extra Twinkie in your lunchbox can brighten your day
** The kids want to know when dad is coming back
** Everything breaks. Everything.
** The parts department at the implement dealer is on speed dial
** You measure your day in acres not hours
** If you manage to wash and dry the laundry you are too tired to put it away so you sleep under it
** Seed from the current crop are rolling all over the laundry room floor
** Tempers are short
– Like when we decided to take make a quick stop with the kids to get ice cream but on the way there the field we were waiting to get dry was ready. There was a long line and Farmer almost came unglued.
God Bless the grandmas who pick up the kids, the wives who deliver hot food to the fields and hold the fort down, and the farmers and farmHers that sacrifice time with their families to feed yours.💕
100 Pounds of Seed
Do you see those 2 bags of seed? They each weigh 50lbs. We were finishing up our last field of corn Friday night and Farmer needed 2 more bags of seed so I ran back to the farm and loaded them in my car. As I was struggling to lift one of the bags and carry it over to the planter it hit me. Right there in those bags was the 100lbs of weight I had lost and I could barely carry half of it, let alone both bags at once!
It was a bit of a shock and also a revelation. It has been a lot of work and commitment getting to this point and not every day has been a positive one. But today we celebrate the positives!
** I have lost 100lbs!
** I can walk 3+ miles without stopping
**I can walk faster~ 3 minutes less per mile than when I started
** I climbed up the tractor steps this planting season with ease
** I have more energy
I have a long way to go on the journey but today I’m stopping and appreciating how far I’ve come.
What is your positive for the day?
We finally made it into the fields and have been working on putting our corn in the ground!! Spring planting can get a little hectic because there is the working ground (my favorite job!), picking stones, putting nitrogen down and then the actually planting. We love it though!
This year we are pulling a rolling basket behind our field cultivator to help with lumps in the soil and will hopefully make a better seed bed for our plants. Pulling onto the road can be a bit intimidating for me because it makes my equipment about 80 feet long and you need to make wide turns into the driveways to avoid putting it in the ditch…
As I was traveling down the road last week, about 1/8th of a mile from one field to another, a pick-up truck came up behind me and as I swung wide to make a right turn into the driveway he passed me on the right! I was pretty mad because it was VERY dangerous and also illegal.
So in the spirit of keeping my family and yours safe on the road here are a few tips when driving around farm equipment!
Tips for Rural Drivers
- Always be on the lookout for farm machinery. Remember it can unexpectedly turn onto public roads from a field or driveway.
- Farm machinery typically travels at 25 mph or less, so be prepared to slow down in order to avoid a rear-end collision.
- Keep a safe distance. This gives better visibility to both drivers and equipment operators.
- Allow adequate time and distance for farm equipment to make wide turns.
- Just because you see the equipment does not mean the equipment operator sees you.
Tips for Passing Farm Machinery
- Be sure the machinery is not turning left. Look for left turn lights or hand signals. If the machinery slows down and pulls toward the right side of the road, the operator may be preparing to make a wide left turn. Likewise, sometimes to make a wide right turn, the operator must fade to the left.
- Determine whether the road is wide enough for both your vehicle and the farm equipment.
- Check for roadside obstacles such as mailboxes, bridges or road signs that may cause the machinery to move to the center of the road.
- Be sure there is adequate distance for you to safely pass and be on the lookout for oncoming traffic.
Tips taken from: http://www.kinze.com/post.aspx?id=330
One of the wheat fields we sprayed today.
Around here you don’t need a calendar to tell you when it’s starting to get close to planting season.
First equipment starts getting shuffled around and those last-minute maintenance projects get finished up. Equipment gets hooked up to its corresponding tractor, then the weather app gets a workout speculating when a weather event will occur. Is it going to rain? How much will we get? What’s the temperature?
Then the field scouting starts or in my world “date night!” Driving by fields on the way home from town, hopping out with a shovel to check the moisture. Is it getting dry enough we won’t cause compaction? Calling customers for seed deliveries and coordinating drop offs start. Will they have enough? Will they change their order?
Grace & Faith getting the gator ready for spring!
Lastly the excitement mixed with anxiety starts. It’s almost time! If we get a few more days of sun we could start! If planting in the corn belt is delayed will it cause a price increase?
It’s a promise of new adventure, growth, income and most of all God’s beauty. If its dry and we get in the fields early things can be fairly calm. This year things are not all that calm. A combination of low crop prices and unfavorable weather has increased anxiety in this house for a time. With low temperatures and lots of rain it has been a waiting game to see when it will be dry enough to get in the fields here. The north wind off the lake and more low temps are currently not helping the drying conditions though.
However, today we are able to spray our wheat for weeds and fungus! We grow Soft White Winter Wheat. We plant it in the fall and will harvest it in mid-July. Soft white wheat is ideal for baked goods that are not kneaded- like cookies, pancakes, pie crusts and crackers. Soft wheat has a very low gluten content, which, when used in baked goods that are not kneaded, results in a tender finished product. A lot of our wheat will end up in Jiffy pancakes, Kellogg’s cereal, and Goldfish crackers!
So the next time you are flipping some pancakes think of us!
We have had a string of bad weather and cold temperatures. Spring shows up for a few days, we get outside, then the north wind blows and we are running inside for warmth again.
My house is feeling very hemmed in and I’m struggling to graciously live in our little house on the farm. I long for the day when we will move across the yard and remodel a different house that will allow me some breathing room. Those people on TV that want to move into a tiny house are crazy!
Now that the kids are getting a bit bigger I would love for them to have some space of their own. ~And let’s face it, get them out of my hair a bit…
Luke’s farm set isn’t easy to get to because its parked under storage shelves filled with things that we use but don’t have space in the kitchen for. The girls have a deep freezer in their bedroom and no space to set up their dolls. Because of that, everyone ends up fighting for floor space in the living room. 8’x8′ of floor is getting small for their growing imaginations and my patience.
We have gotten creative to maximize every square inch we have and we are busting at the seams. Seriously, if you have been to my house you should be impressed at the ways we have come up with to make it all work!
However, I am grateful for our little house here on the farm. It comes with positives and I am thankful we don’t have to drive to get to work every day!
So in the spirit of being grateful here are 5 things I love about our little house on the farm:
- Low heating costs
- Less square footage to clean
- It doesn’t challenge my decorating skills
- It is easy to play a game of Hide and Seek!
- We spend a lot of time together
I’m looking forward to some warmth, sunshine and the ability to send everyone outside! Do you ever feel like you just need some room?