Friday, March 14, 2014

Farm Friday - Getting Ready for Spring

It is hard to think that we could, and hopefully will be, in the field planting corn in a month or less when our fields have a mixture of snow, ice, and puddles of water in them from melting and look like this:

Getting Ready for Spring - It's Just a Month Away

But once you go inside our shop you know that planting is just around the corner.  We have seed tender boxes (these large boxes hold an average of 2,500 pounds of grain and are used instead of the traditional 50-pound bags) stacked three high along our back wall and we have our planter inside getting its spring-time inspection, maintenance and adjustment done.

Planter getting ready for spring
You can kind of see the black bulk seed tender boxes along the wall on the left of the photo
and the planter is set up in the front of the photo
Just like your car or truck, farm equipment have many parts that wear down and this is one of the times in the year that we take some time, and be proactive, and get replacements for those parts, so hopefully we won't have any breakdowns when we do get into the fields this spring.  As the "parts procurement specialist" (aka head gopher) for the farm, I have gotten several new chains and lubricants for the planter in the last couple of weeks.

Checking seed meters - getting ready for spring planting
Getting our planter meters checked
Another thing we did this week to make sure our planter is ready to go, is that we had our planter meters checked.  We also offered this service to our seed business customers by having Joe from Brokaw Precision come to our shop for a day to run meters.

Seed meters are part of our precision planting system that controls the seeding rate and population of individual rows on our planter.  Each row has its own meter.  This systems allows us to stop seeding where we don't want to plant, all on the go.  Our seed meters were checked for their efficiency this week by checking how many skips or double plants the meter gave through a test on the meter machine.  Making sure our meters are working properly is one way for us to make sure that our planter is putting seed into the ground accurately, and in the end increasing our yields.

So it may not fully feel like spring yet outside, but inside our shop, things are definitely looking like spring.  What are you doing to get ready for spring?

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6 comments:

  1. Good explanations Val!

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  2. Wow! I'd seen the big bunkers, didn't realize they were seed boxes. It's good to see them getting ready for the planting. Means spring is going to arrive. Someday. We went to town today, some of our streams around here are running bankful, but the river is just starting to go up.

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    1. There is still a lot of snow and frozen ground to thaw before spring planting begins. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will be a slow and steady melt so we don't have any flooding!

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  3. I am so ready for spring--too much cold and snow this winter!!!!!

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    1. It has been cold! I know in Iowa they said it has been the coldest winter for the last 35 years! I love winter but I am excited to not freeze when I go outside soon.

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