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!