I’ll just say it. If a farmer doesn’t care enough about the land they are entrusted to care for to create waterways to carry water properly off their land, they shouldn’t be farming.
What the heck! When it rains, it pours! The weather has not worked with us and it has been extremely wet and cool this spring. Usually, the crop (both corn and beans) is planted before the end of May. Not this year.
Here’s a poem by Lila about those who might clean too much to the detriment of wildlife.
I’m not one of those people…
May is the time we all think about graduation. Maybe you have someone near and dear to your heart graduating from pre-school, high school or college. It’s such an exciting time for all! As a high school teacher I attended many graduation party venues congratulating many seniors. Here’s a speech I gave at the school I taught the year I retired. I made sure it was only 90 seconds.
Who wants to listen to a long speech at graduation? I don’t see any hands up!
It’s time to plant corn. This is an important event on our farm.
This year’s planting season is not ideal. We’ve had a lot of rain and the weather is cool. The truth is, we have two choices to plant; corn or beans. The deep dark soil of Iowa and the humid nights and days of summer are well suited to growing bumper crops of corn and beans. Twenty years ago we also planted oats that also made straw for farrowing hogs. Those days are long gone.
I knead backs these days…
Not unlike bread, the kneading.
Planting in last year’s bean field doesn’t take as much preparation as planting in last year’s cornfield. Bean fields don’t have as much trash as a cornfield, as bean plants aren’t as big or as tough as a corn plant. They are less than half the size and don’t have as large of a leaf structure as a corn plant. Less stuff creates less work!
Why I Cook at Home
I was cleaning out my youngest daughter’s room, and waded through her elementary school box, finally organizing items chronologically. I found an essay she wrote in first grade.