Planting Season “Things just got Real!”

The winter months on the farm brings cold weather, and long days of choring to keep all of the cows and calves fed. It is also a farmer’s “down time” though. This consists of evenings at home eating supper around the table, or maybe at a school activity. There is much more time during the winter season for a farmer. It is a much more flexible schedule. Then here comes spring. Things take a fast turnaround. The farm life starts to get more hectic. This consists of things from rushing to finish up getting equipment ready, to getting fertilizer and anhydrous in the fields, to the start of planting season. It will make for longer days and shorter nights for a farmer. Everyone will be tired, but it is the good kind of tired. It’s the “work got done today” kind of tired.

So far, here in Bates County it has been raining quite a bit. This puts a stop to getting things planted and sprayed. The rain is always a good thing though. It’s great to see everything so green now and days. Especially from the summer we recently experienced. Nobody around here will forget about the summer of 2012. It was a very long, hot, and dry summer. Did I mention that it was incredibly dry? This killed a lot of the crops and grass, and led to a major shortage of hay for this past winter for many farmers. It will be a summer that we talk about for years to come, and we hope that this coming summer won’t be the same. Things are turning around now though. We are blessed for the precipitation we have recently been getting. We just mowed the lawn for the second time already for the year, and as soon as everything dries up from the rain, we will be heading to the field!

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About akm17

My name is Alex Morris, and I am from a small, rural town in Missouri called Ballard. I grew up on a row crop and cow/calf operation. I have always loved the farm life, and I have always been very active around our farm. Now, for the first time, I have been away from where I grew up and am experiencing college. It is always good to go back home to the farm, and I try to make it there as often as I can. It’s my favorite place to be. Being away has only made me appreciate agriculture more. Here, at Missouri State University, I am majoring in Agricultural Communications and I plan to have an emphasis in graphic design. My goal is to be an advocate of agriculture. The way I am going to start “spreading the word” of agriculture is through this blog. I plan to share the issues I may come across, things I find in the social media, or topics that we disucuss in my Relations in Agriculture class or any of my other classes. I will also share stories straight off of my farm. I will talk a little about what goes on around there, and post pictures whenever I can, because they are worth a thousand words that don’t have to be typed. I love to take pictures and to tell good stories. Sometimes I may even talk about life in general if I come across something that needs to be shared. Overall, I am a very stong believer in agriculture. It’s where my heart is, and I want to make people aware of what is going on out there, and bring things to their notice they may not be aware of. I believe that is my job as an agriculture advocate, and this blog is just where I am starting out.
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