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Prepping the Fields


While this field sure is pretty, all of those weeds won’t do the corn any favors. They’ll suck up all of the nutrients and moisture and the poor, poor corn will struggle to grow.



This is the “look” we want. We want those weeds to be scarcer than hen’s teeth.



That’s where this comes in. We get our chemical/seed/fertilizer people (small town people multitask real well)  to come out and spray those weeds bye-bye.



And then the itty-bitty corn has the field all to itself.

I’m hoping in the next few weeks it won’t be so itty-bitty. I’ll keep you updated!

April 28, 2009 - 12:53 pm

Carrie T - Come on corn grow grow grow!!!

April 28, 2009 - 4:57 pm

Caution - I loved the weedy field and that is exactly why nothing of worth ever grows here.


Things Are Different In The Country

I know that city-folk take their clients golfing to close a big sale…


Is going turkey hunting before unloading cotton seed the country equivalent?


April 23, 2009 - 9:15 am

Tammy - I’m pretty sure it is. Of course, I live next door to a golf course AND 5,000 acres of nothing, where the turkey huntin’ goes on – so I guess you could say we have the “best” of both worlds? Not sure the turkeys agree…

Speaking of bird brains:

April 23, 2009 - 9:16 am

Karen - I wonder what you use to close a deal in the burbs? Maybe a casserole? I don’t know? All I know is that it looks like heaven in your pictures.

April 23, 2009 - 9:34 am

the Cotton Wife - Tammy, I think the turkeys would protest!

Karen, that made me laugh – a casserole sounds like an excellent idea. I did feed West (the guy up there on the cell phone) breakfast the other day. Does that count?

April 23, 2009 - 11:26 am

Fencepost - Of course, or maybe early morning fishing.

April 23, 2009 - 2:22 pm

Sarah @ - LOL! If it is, at least it’s less dull!

April 23, 2009 - 6:06 pm

Caution - The deal closer in our ‘burb is beer. Just beer. Since we are non-drinkers, I choose to blame the beer for any lost deals we might encounter.

April 24, 2009 - 12:57 pm

Kelly - What happened to the days of just getting a seed dealer hat…or a rain gauge :)

April 26, 2009 - 5:33 am

Daniela - Of course it counts. In the country if guns are involved, then the deal is sealed..haha

April 27, 2009 - 7:36 am

Kath - With truckers its a hat or another little calendar you can stick on the dashboard!!! Or a coat if the new spendy truck cost more than any semi ever should .


The Corn ‘Tis Planted



We finished planting corn this week here at the farm. At this point, frost still might happen but the soil and air temperatures have been just right for planting – besides, the corn can take a little frost.




We didn’t disk or plow the soil – we simply planted right on over what was left over from last fall. Just like I wrote about here, the idea is to keep erosion (and fuel costs, labor, etc.) to a minimum.




See all those yellow bucket-type things on the planter?




Those all have to be filled with seed.




Which means that bag…




After bag…




After bag…



Has to be opened, carried and dumped.

So then how is it that the trash is too much to carry out?  I wish someone would explain that to me.

April 21, 2009 - 8:46 am

Carrie T - I like the third pic of CH and his grin.

TNT and I got our tractor ready over the weekend for corn planting. I cleaned the inside while he serviced it. Hopefully with the 3.48″ of rain we received over the weekend we’ll have a nice harvest.

April 21, 2009 - 11:45 am

Kath - Planting here is starting now. Hubs has been hauling fertilizer and staying quite busy with it.

We will head to WY soon to plant the oats.

Hauling out the garbage isnt as intriguing tho!!! LOL

April 21, 2009 - 1:26 pm

Fencepost - It’s all in the name of progress.
Taking out the trash is not progress. Atleast that’s the answer I get.

April 21, 2009 - 6:49 pm - Cool. I love your blog.

Got a giveaway going on over at my place you should totally check out, btw.

April 21, 2009 - 7:27 pm

Karen - If you figure out the trash thing, you will have to let us all know.

April 21, 2009 - 8:22 pm

Tammy - Because taking out the trash isn’t a manly man job. Sheesh. I thought every woman knew that.

Perhaps if you hang the trash cans on your planter …

April 22, 2009 - 6:40 am

Ranger - My pastor’s wife once said to me, “I don’t do trash.”

I use it all the time for similar projects like: “I don’t do spiders, etc.”

If it’s good enough for her . . .

April 22, 2009 - 7:47 am

anna - I tell the trash man at our house that I’m gonna have to fire him all the time, my threeats are ineffective though.

April 22, 2009 - 8:34 am

Sarah @ - Blog posts like this really drive home how removed my life is from agriculture. It makes me want to go see the country and see the planting in action.

April 22, 2009 - 11:21 pm

califmom - It’s probably good my people gave up farming a couple generations ago. My allergies are so bad, I can’t even go outside for an hour before I’m miserable. Just looking at those pictures makes me sneeze. ;-)