We began seeding, or planting if you prefer, our crops on April 21 this year. This is the 2nd earliest date ever that we’ve been in the fields, in my father-in-law’s time. He said he recalls 1 year that they were in the field April 20.
This year 15% of our crop is yellow peas. Those were seeded within a few days and have come out of the ground nicely, even with hardly a drop of moisture. We really, really need some rain in this country. Its been extremely windy which has made everything dry out even more and has been trying on the nerves to have it so windy. It truly feels like we’ve only had a handful of days where it’s been sunny without wind.
One night after supper at my SIL Laura’s, I wanted to *ahem* kill some time before bed, so we went to the field the guys were working at as they were loading up the seeder with canola seed.
On this night, “Shadow Man” was born. My kids are so lucky to have the Papa that they do. I know my dad would have been another amazing grandpa, but I’m extra thankful for my father-in-law and how much he loves my kids. The sun was setting and Shadow Man came to life.
“I’m going to get you! The Shadow Man! Muahahaha!!!”
To which our oldest replied “You won’t get me, you Shadow Man!”
Then, as I was being the city-girl wimp that I grew to be, I was warming up in the truck and flicking through the pictures I had just taken that you see above…and I looked up and saw this really neat shot. In my side-view mirror I could see Papa down on the ground, digging through the soil to show the boys the seeds that had just been sown, as their dad and uncle were loading up the seeder with more seeds to sow.
All of the canola is in the ground and the 40% of our crops left to plant will all be wheat. Right now we are averaging about 300 acres per day, so if the weather holds out (which, unfortunately it should) we should be done in about 8 or 9 days. Mother’s Day always seems to fall in seeding, but no matter what we will be going to church on Sunday morning and then going for Mother’s Day brunch in Rosebud after the service…so I’m happy that the guys can take some time out of their busy planting to celebrate the moms on the farm!