A small, family farm in Wisconsin

Our spring has been wet and cold.  Field work has been set back by weeks.

Yesterday, Lee was finally able to get into his fields and actually got some corn seeds into the ground.  It’s being done in a rush, because there’s more rain on the way.

Tonight, Lee is out there in the dark, trying to get more done and stay ahead of the rain.

When I was thinking about what I wanted to write in this brief farming update, I found some pictures that I feel are fascinating.

This first picture is pretty self explanatory.  The farmer is planting his corn seeds with what looks like a one row corn planter, pulled behind two beautiful draft horses.  It must have taken such a long time to plant a field of corn this way.  Times have changed.

The other picture I found is a sharp contrast to the draft horses plodding along, pulling the farmer and his little planter.

This picture shows several tractor and planter combos, working in unison to make short work of a large field.  I wonder how long it takes them to plant an acre.

Lee does all of his field work himself.  There have been times when he’s needed help, but usually not.

I’m happy that there is some progress in planting.  It’s stressful and nerve wracking waiting on the weather, but at least we’re in the fields now.  We’re grateful that we aren’t dealing with flooding, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc.

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Comments on: "Activity in the Fields, at Last!" (8)

  1. Glad you are finally able to get out there! I hope your year goes really well!!

  2. Best of luck. Our rain started Friday morning and is forecast to go through Monday. There are way too many like you who are just getting started with planting.

    • Thanks Michael. I visited your blog and sent Lee there too. Beautiful job on the water feature.

  3. Joyce L said:

    Glad to read the weather has been better for you folks and
    Lee is able to be in the fields. Tell him not to overdo with
    all the work and to stop and smell the roses!!

    We are muggy and looks like rain here.

    Take care Carol and Lee, think of you folks often.

    Joyce L

    • Joyce, farmers seriously don’t know how to stop and smell the roses, but I’ll give Lee your message 🙂

  4. Read there were tornadoes in WI associated with the latest outbreak. Are the fields still dry enough to work after this recent batch of rain?

    Down here, the squash and tomatoes in my little garden are coming in somewhere between two and three weeks later than usual because of the unusually cold spring.

    By now I usually have yellow squash coming out of my ears, and I’ve only picked the first few. I’m still waiting on my first tomato to ripen, and it looks like I’ll be waiting at least another few weeks.

    • Hank, I don’t even have a start on my little garden beds! Would you believe the weather has gotten cold here again and even predictions of frost. Lee has his corn planted so he’s back on track.
      C

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