Life on the farm is at a tad slower pace now that wheat harvest is completed, well at least for the farm wife and kid. The farmer of the family this past week has finished planting some double crop soybeans, furrowed a soybean field, and did various other things. His list is still long but even in the busy times he loves it.
Milton furrows the soybean field so we can lay out irrigation pipe to flood irrigate. You might recall last year I mentioned about a center pivot and a new well-being dug. Well the center pivot didn’t happen so we laid pipe back out this year, but are using the well that was dug. That’s just the way things go sometimes. I must admit I enjoyed this year better as there wasn’t knee-high wheat or straw to deal with.
The soybeans are very pretty right now I think!
Our farm kid drives the UTV while Milton and I unload the pipe and hook them together. Although this year she did want to try to lift the pipe and help there. You might find that interesting or surprising after my post “what if I don’t want to farm, Mom?”
The irrigation motor will pull water from the ground for us to irrigate the crop. This pond will also be used to irrigate the soybeans. We will lay out more pipe to assist with that process.
While I was at my town job this week the farm kid and dad had to do some work on the battery in the irrigation motor. They finally got it started, which means they had to go along and open the “gates” on the pipe so water would flow to the soybeans.
We will have to go out twice a day at least to check how things are going with this field. One night this week my husband got up in the middle of the night to deal with the center pivot we have on another field. It needed to be reversed or shut off I can’t recall which. So as you know, farming isn’t a 9 to 5 job!
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