What’s going on in the Iowa countryside these days, you may ask. Let me just say……everyday is different, yet, one thing is certain. Farmers have shifted into overdrive and overtime to get the seeds in the ground. It’s planting season and they are on the run. This window of opportunity is upon us.
Even though calving is still underway, our men are focusing most of their attention on getting the crop in the ground.
Early in the morning, when the wind is still and all you can here outdoors are noisy birds singing to their families, I think I here a big machine running right across the road. This, my friends, is what you call a field sprayer. And this contraption’s operator happens to be my son, Joe.
While I’m mixing up a batch of cookies, Joe has already mixed up his batch of spray and filled up the sprayer tank from the tender truck which goes with him to each field. He is careful to wear protective gear when dealing with the hoses and refilling the tank. Anyone who wants to purchase restricted-use chemicals must be certified. These classes are offered annually in our area.
I always get excited when our guys are working so close to home, as it is not always the case. Used to be all farmers stayed put on their 40 acres, or 80, or 160. Farming in Iowa just isn’t like that anymore, so it’s always a thrill to have them working nearby.
This machine is responsible for going over every inch of ground before each kernel of corn is planted. The pre-emergence spray being applied is mostly herbicide (which kills the weeds) and a little fertilizer (which makes the plants big and healthy). This field will be soon be planted to corn.
The wings of this sprayer reach out in total of 90′. That’s a pretty large swath if you ask me.
The seat is quite comfortable in this airtight cab. He can listen to his favorite station or podcast as he floats over each field. This is also his office for the day, and I know he spends time in silence, to think and also to be alert for any noise which might signal a problem.
The beginning of this Spring Marathon has begun , with lots of field work ahead. There is a spring to the farmers’ steps and an anticipation felt in their speech. They are enjoying yet another busy Spring on our Iowa farm, doing what they were made to do, what they love doing.
The planter will be pulling in soon, while Joe will be off to another field.
I’m sure Molly has packed a great lunch for him today, but I think I’ll run a few cookies and drink out to him while he’s nearby….say “hello” and catch up a bit. Don’t get this close of chance very often.
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:4