planting winter grains

bob engel jr, speeding!

My neighbor, bless him, came over at 4pm last Friday to plant 2.5 acres of winter grain. He grew up driving tractors here on the prairie, and he knows what he’s doing. I get to ride on the back of the grain drill, and watch the seeds go into their furrows. This is very fun.

georgina, hanging on, under the moon

I wish I owned my own tractor and implements but in the meantime, I am grateful to have access to such equipment close by and the skillful operator that comes with it. This operation is still really in the experimental stage, yet we just planted for the third season! It’s not that common to plant kamut (usually a spring wheat) at this time of year, but my previous trials show this has a good chance of success.

the harrow burying the seeds

May these seeds sprout and take strong root in the soil here, benefiting from winter’s influence. Hopefully we’ll see them really take off once Spring arrives, having had time to establish an important root base.

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