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The farming life, chapter 2

Posted Monday, February 14, 2011, at 3:55 PM

Growing up in town as I did, I hadn't had much of a chance to learn about the farming community. I did once however spend the night at a childhood friend's that lived on a farm where they milked cows. Wasn't impressed with the fresh milk, but the rest wasn't that bad. In adulthood however I learned quite quickly that there sure was a lot to do and the machinery was a bit intimidating.

There was a lot to know and do and when it came to the planting season, it was endless hours and muscle power. I am talking some 31 years ago, my first stint with living on a farm. It wasn't uncommon to see this chick out picking up rocks in the spring. What a great way to build muscles and get a nice tan all at the same time!

The machine shed would be filled with bags of seed sitting waiting for the right time to plant. Back then a farmer would take a bag, pour the seed into one planter box at a time, and if a farmer was considered to be a part of a large farm operation a 12 row planter was considered to be top notch.

Well I must say that things have sure changed. My husband had asked if I had wanted to see what farm life was all about now days and why would I not? He does the farming thing day in and day out so finding out first hand what keeps him busy was a bit intriguing to me. Besides he was getting hungry so I wanted to take him some supper.

Once I found the guy my mouth dropped. There he was in what I would call the cadillac of all tractors. There stood this tall mean green machine with what I think they call tracks instead of the traditional tires. Intimidation soon turned to excitement. Attached was a 24 row planter - cripes a couple of rounds in a field and you're done. There is no more manual labor as far as filling the planter bag to box, there is this thing called a seed tender that feeds the planter. Way over my head, but quite innovative.

I expected to not have much attention paid to me during a ride in this machine, because in the past the driver would have to pay fierce attention and make sure that his rows were planted in a straight line. Not with this thing. GPS is the way to go. No steering, the computer does it all, well until we got to the end anyway, and on the monitor were the rows that were planted and exactly how much seed was going into the ground. The best part for me of course was the "weenie seat" and the fact that I wasn't on a bumpy ride, you know the kind where eating or driniking while planting was virtually impossible. Talk about a smooth tractor ride...it was amazing.

I think that farming has come along way fast. The manual labor is still there, but one must also use a lot of mathematic brain power. Even with high tech, farming is a tough way to make a living...my hat goes off to all those that work within our farming communities, you all work very hard to keep this country as flourishing as their fields. Great job!



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