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Corn Planting 2017- All To Help!

The farmer called up one evening last week and said “have PV bring the corn seed down to the field, I’m ready to refill.”  I was just about ready to start supper, so glad he called before I was in the middle of that!  We loaded up in the mule and headed that way.  She was stoked to get to drive the mule of course!

 

farmkid mule

She attempted to lift the 50 plus pound bag off the back but just couldn’t do it.

So she took the job of opening the bag for Dad!

PVMV Corn

The treated corn seed is loaded into the planter.

Corn seed

Once he has most of the  “boxes” filled he spreads out the remainder between the boxes.  That became PV’s job!

farmkid corn seed

When she was a little reckless and spilled some I said “Hey!  That’s money your leaving all over!”  I had to do my part too!

She took me back up the field and I drove the pickup with the fertilizer tank down to him.  He needed to add fertilizer as well.  He is doing that in the next photo.

fertilizer farm corn

 

This is the day he was able to get 61 acres of corn planted.  Since then it has rained so planting has come to a halt.  Until right later this afternoon.  He will be heading to a new field to get some more corn planted!

While it was too wet he had to do some repairs on a tractor.  Headlights are sometimes needed since farmers don’t normally work 9 to 5.

They will probably come in handy tonight!

Milton plans to plant  245 acres of corn this year in all.  We pray that goes well and is a safe planting season for him!

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Julie


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A Farmer’s Laundry Told By His Wife

As the dark morning arrives, the farmers wife awakens him to begin his day.  In the house he built,  he eats breakfast and does daily devotions with the little girl he calls daughter.  Whether it’s the car, his farm pickup, or a grain semi, dropping her off at school is his first task most days. Only then does he begin another day of hard work.

He doesn’t do the “family ” thing because he has to, he does it because he wants to.  The farm can wait for just a bit he feels. The hard working man has a heart most don’t see, only that farmer’s wife is truly privy to.

After a day of being apart, as she strolls through the field or farmyard to sneak a moment with her love, just them two. Her heart will be full as the view of her hard working man comes into sight. Cap, jeans, t-shirt and button log sleeve most days. That’s how she sees him. That’s how she’ll remember him when he’s long gone.

farmer grain 2014

Smoke,  diesel, dirt, chemicals, and sweat. The smells of a hard working man. A farmer. His dirty laundry resides just outside the door in the garage. Twice a week she can imagine what he has done to make such an array of stains and smells.

mens jeans laundry

The stains upon the tattered jeans reflect days of working with soil and grain, fixing tractors, combines, or farm machinery of all sorts.   If the farmer’s laundry could talk it would weave stories galore we’re sure.  Just as the calloused hands, tired eyes, sore back, and sun kissed skin of the farmer would too.

The thinnest, oldest t-shirts are his favorite on those hot summer days and the holes in his jeans are good ventilation he tries to convince her.  But the farmer’s wife will replace the old tattered jeans and thin shirts with fresh new ones eventually.  He won’t complain, he’ll only begin new stories in his new clothes, while she washes, dries, and folds them.

Everyone has a story, the farmer and Mrs. are no different.  They gather each day in whatever fashion they can.  The story began, continues to grow in chapters until one day the story will end.  Only carried on by the next generation in their own edition. But this story now, is played out by a hard working farmer, and written by the woman he calls his wife.

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