On the Farm - March

Once the weather clears up in March, it's time to prepare for planting!  Curtis started the month off making room in the shed for the seed corn boxes. Back in the day, seed corn used to come in bags.  It still does, but a farmer can also buy it in bulk in big plastic boxes.  Filling planters with seed seems to go a lot faster!

farmer getting ready for planting
Nebraska corn planting
seed corn boxes

Farmers don't always work.  Sometimes they make time to go on dates with their wife...but somehow, those dates usually end up with a drive through an equipment dealership of some sort "just to see what's new." Luckily, my husband has a photographer for a wife so he gets every moment documented whether he likes it or not :)

farmer on a date

Then, it's time to start fertilizing.  We normally have two machines going at the same time, often at the same field (maybe so they can have some friendly competition going on?).  More likely, because it's easier and faster for the co-op to bring tanks to one field instead of two.

tractor fertilizing corn
John Deere tractor fertilizing Nebraska field

In between working in the field, work started on the elevator and bins.  We had someone come out to remove the leg...I'm glad it wasn't Curtis flying through the air on a crane! Bret and Curtis worked on the elevator (and I really wish I had gotten a picture of Curtis opening up a electrical panel just to have a rat come flying out at him!).

Nebraska bin site
Nebraska bin site2
corn farmer

I always love field work at night.  It's so peaceful!  Bret and Dad were putting on anhydrous one evening so I snuck out there and took some photos of them and the setting sun.

John Deere tractor at sunset
farmer working at night
Nebraska farmer fertilizing at night

While Bret and Dad are fertilizing, Curtis does all sorts of other field work (I tried to get him to explain what he did when, but I got confused every time, so here's just a bunch of pictures).  He is either strip tilling or stumping in these photos :)  

Even though Curtis often has to leave early in the morning before the kids are up, they still get lots of time with him in the tractor!  

Nebraska farmer
Nebraska farmer ridge till
Nebraska farmer with kid

One of the perks of being a farmer is free meals. This particular day was "seed pick-up day" and Rob-See-Co offered a steak and fried fish lunch.  Field work must have been going well for everyone, because there were quite a few farmers there.

farmer seed corn meal

A farmer is also responsible for teaching the next generation how to fix things...even if it's just a doorknob on the house.  

fixing

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You can find all of my "Year on the Farm" photos under the Year on the Farm tab at the top...I'll be posting periodically in there and at the end of each month as a blog post.