Farm Life with Lisa: Planting

Lisa Peterson is back today sharing her tales of planting.

Ahhh.. planting is done! It is nice to sit and reflect now that the spring craziness is over and I am not so tired!

This was our first planting season while actually living on the farm.  It definitely was a bit crazier! I am not sure I have figured out the balance of farming, mothering, keeping a household running, and feeding everyone.For the past 10+ years, we would travel to the farm to help during planting season, but our time had a more vacation feel to it.  It was definitely NOT a vacation this year! I found myself trying to balance cooking, kids' school pick-ups and activities, kids' naps, my husband's work schedule, and oh yeah…farming!

Our first attempt at planting corn was on May 8th, which was already causing a bit of anxiousness. Ideally we like to start planting the last week of April. The planter was cleaned up, chains oiled, meters checked, fertilizer system cleaned and loaded, insecticide loaded, and seed loaded. We were ready to go, but the field was not. We needed to wait for the local elevator to spray our pre-emerge herbicide and nitrogen. Sitting in the farm yard on a beautiful sunny day watching the dust roll in the distance is hard. Every part of me wanted to be planting! Finally, late afternoon the sprayer pulled in the field, completed one round, and was chased out of the field by a pop-up rainstorm.  So frustrating! 

Fast forward about ten days and we finally were able to start planting corn. My husband was working ground as fast as he could with my dad planting behind him. My job was to keep both of those two running. Every minute of downtime had the potential of meaning the difference between finishing the field or getting rained out for another week. Farming definitely isn't a solitary job. It takes a village or in our case, the entire family to keep things running smoothly! 

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My son's favorite place to be - right next to Papa in the tractor!

One of the days my husband offered me the tillage tractor. I deferred because he was much faster than me and we had little time to spare. I think I chose poorly!  In just one day, I drove to our East Farm at least ten times.  Load the seed and insecticide, deliver seed/insecticide, go pick up food, deliver food, deliver seed, pick up a child to ride with Papa, run back for more graphite for the planter, pick up another child and return home for a nap, prepare next meal, deliver next meal, grab 2 extra bags of seed to finish out the field, and pick up an upset child who must get home for bed. I did choose poorly. I should have taken the tillage tractor!

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Last round on the East Farm trying to beat a rainstorm

By the end of May, both the corn and soybeans were planted after waiting out a few more rain delays. The days are long and crazy to get the crop in the ground; however, there is an immense feeling of satisfaction when the last kernel is planted and you watch the planter fold up for the last time of the season. 

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And the corn is up!  My son learning how to do a stand count.

 

Lisa is a farm gal who took a break for the city and is now back on the farm in Iowa! She will be joining us to share her challenges being back on the farm as well as some fun stories about getting back into the farm life.

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