In between helping the guys move the tractor and drill, seed wheat truck and fertilizer pickup from field to field, I watched the game on TV. I saw the American flag waving in the pretty blue, cloud-dotted sky over Bill Snyder Family Stadium and thought, "Wow, it would be a gorgeous day to shoot photos at the ballgame."
But it was a pretty day to shoot photos of wheat planting, too.
We began planting the 2015 wheat crop a week ago on Monday, September 22. We begin this Monday morning with approximately one-third of our 1,400 acres planted.
We saved some of our 2014 crop in bins on the farm to use as seed wheat. It's binned during harvest, and then we load it into the truck to take to Miller Seed Farms near Partridge for cleaning. They treat it with a fungicide, which helps protect the small wheat plants from disease. It's also treated with an insecticide which helps keep bugs at bay. (Those treatments are what gives the wheat its pink tinge.)
anhydrous fertilizer on the wheat ground at a rate of 60 pounds per acre .
As with every planting season, I think about the optimism that seems to be part of the fabric of every farmer. They put a seed in the ground and then wait like a kid on Christmas morning. They slow down as they pass a planted field, just waiting for that first glimmer of green. And then the miracle begins again for yet another season. (Or so we hope and pray!)
I'll be getting fertilizer today, as well as bringing the noon meal to the field so the guys can keep the tractors rolling. And so a new week begins on the County Line!