Yesterday we finished planting for 2014! The seed is in the ground, so all we need now is rain and sunshine so those little seeds can grow.
On the day this Farm Picture Friday was taken, we had just arrived to the field with a cold, glass of ice tea and a snack for Gpa so that he could take a break from planting. The kids met him in the field, and immediately began looking for seeds to check the depth and placement of the soybeans he had just planted. Seed depth is very important. Too deep and the seed may have a hard time making it to the surface. If planted too shallow, the seed may not establish a good root system, which could lead to an uneven stand and lower yields. The kids have become accustomed to seeing Gpa and their Dad stopping to check the depth of seed, because as a Burrus Seed Dealer, Seth is always out in the fields checking on the seed placement and the growth of the plant through the growing season.
After checking the seed, they all came back to the truck to have a drink and to help Gpa eat his snack. (The kids are good at helping Gpa do a lot of things, especially eating.) After a few minutes, we noticed the temperature was dropping and a wind coming across the field, for it was stirring up the dirt. Right behind that wind was rain. RAIN! A pop-up shower occurred with BIG rain drops. We scrambled to the trucks to get windows rolled up and the tarp on the grain truck where the seeds are stored. We did not get “soaked”, but we sure were damp. The rain lasted long enough that Gpa had to quit planting for that day. So instead of getting done on Wednesday, we finished planting yesterday, Thursday, May 29th. Two whole weeks before we began planting last year.
Just like the weather on this day, farming can be unpredictable and things tend to just “pop” up.
Blessings to you and those still in the fields,
Laurie – Country Link