We sure have been working hard inside our studio lately, but it’s nothing compared to what’s been going on outside. It’s spring, and that means it’s corn planting season here on the farm! For the past week or so this is what we’ve been seeing right outside our window. The guys have been busy working the soil and planting all those little kernels of corn. That’s my cousin Brett driving the big blue New Holland tractor pulling the big sixteen row planter.
And this is my dad and my brother, Mike. They’re getting ready to take off with those field cultivators to work the soil and prep it for planting so Brett can follow behind with the planter. It takes a lot of hours, and a lot of trips back and forth across the fields to work the ground and put in the crop for the year.
I decided to take a break from the printing press the other day took a little trip out to the field to see how things were going. I caught Brett at the end of a row and hopped in the tractor for a ride.
This was my view from the cab of the tractor. Look at those rows! Straight as an arrow. That’s right.
The field right behind the barn where we have our studio is one of the largest fields that we farm. Some of the rows are a mile and a quarter long! Brett and I calculated that since the planter drops a kernel every 6 inches that there are roughly 13,200 kernels planted per row. I said roughly. Don’t check our math.
And look at this! There are some real high tech things going on inside this tractor. I mean, really, this tractor could plant the field on its own. Brett just rides along to make sure nothing goes haywire. That’s the truth.
Do you want to see what I mean? Of course you do. That’s why I took along my video camera! Get ready for an education…it’s time for another episode of Farmin’ with Brett!
Here we go!