Monday, May 11, 2009

Spring comes to the farm.

Temperatures in the eighties followed by weeks of rain do not build pleasant memories of spring. But May brings it own rewards. Our dogwoods begin blooming, each bringing the promise of new life.

On May 9th, Our farmer arrives and proceeds to plant our field in corn. The field is larger than it appears and using a GPS mapper, it takes him over an hour to cut in liquid fertilizer and corn seeds with a twelve-row planter. No plowing, no disking. The planter-cum-tractor combination is huge, but appears small across the evening-lit field. It offers precision and economy as he puts in only as much as he needs. We pay for this technology whenever we buy food, and as we watch oil prices start up again.

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